City approves local Care Ambulance transition to Pilcher

Published 08/05 2014 07:00PM

Updated 08/05 2014 07:16PM

Joey Pilcher, owner of Pilcher Ambulance, addresses the city commission and public regarding the transition of the Care Ambulance franchise in Dothan to his company.
Joey Pilcher, owner of Pilcher Ambulance, addresses the city commission and public regarding the transition of the Care Ambulance franchise in Dothan to his company.
Plans to close Care Ambulance in Dothan are moving forward.

Today, the city commission approved a resolution to assign the local Care Ambulance franchise to Pilcher Ambulance.

Care ambulance owners first announced the closing during a meeting just two weeks ago.

Spokespersons for both companies have ensured a smooth transition.

They say emergency service will continue business as usual, and they are currently working out any staffing issues.

Pilcher Ambulance says it also has mutual aid agreements with locations in Enterprise, Ozark and local fire departments.

"I want to ensure the citizens, the commission, the CM, the fire chief, and the police chief that we are not new to this game,” said Joey Pilcher, owner of Pilcher Ambulance.  We have done this by ourselves for 30 years before Care came into Dothan.  We feel confident in our ability to carry on with this service."

Pilcher says they have received employment applications from all Care Ambulance employees, and they have immediate plans to hire at least 15 people.

The transition is scheduled for Friday, and officials say Care Ambulance will handle its final 9-1-1 calls that afternoon.

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