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Decatur residents puzzled by disruption in EMS service

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Several Decatur EMS employees reportedly took themselves "out of service" Friday. Several Decatur EMS employees reportedly took themselves "out of service" Friday.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Several Decatur EMS employees reportedly took themselves "out of service" Friday, concerning residents serviced by the emergency personnel.

Morgan County 911 Director Ryan Welty said Friday night that the disruption began around 5:30 p.m., when one Decatur EMS truck, which includes two employees, notified them that they were no longer in service, "for internal reasons." Welty said this is not a term they use in everyday transmission.

By 6 p.m., Welty said, all Decatur EMS trucks had put themselves out of service. Each truck is staffed by two people.

Ryan said that as of Friday night, two Decatur EMS trucks were back in service, with a total of four employees working. In addition there are five area first-response trucks in service.

When asked whether salary issues were the reason for the disruption, Welty said he had no firsthand knowledge that employees were not being paid, but that Decatur EMS has a history of paychecks bouncing.

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