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Ambulance Service Celebrates One Year
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
July 15-- July 12th was a day of celebration for the ambulance service in Toombs and Montgomery counties.

The Toombs/Montgomery EMS has made it to the one year anniversary, and Director Mel Kelly says the year has been challenging.

"The main thing we have had to deal with is the counties never having operated an ambulance service before. There was a lot of unknown. The commissioners took a chance on us, and we survived it. We've met all of our obligations. The main obstacle we had was filling all of the vacancies we had when the county took it over. We had five full-time vacancies that we had to fill. We had those five vacancies filled, but we didn't have a budget. The supplies and the maintenance cost was unknown so we had to feel it out. So far, we've done really well. We've met all of our obligations and benchmarks that we had set for ourselves; we got the vacancies filled. It's been a hard year, but it's been a fun year all at the same time," says Kelly.  

Kelly says they averaged over 400 calls a month during their first year.

"Calls are pretty consistent, but it fluctuates anywhere from 400 to 450 calls a month on average. It comes to around 5100 to 5200 ambulance calls a year," Kelly points out.
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