Confusion surrounds Midland City EMS


DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — In the past week, Midland City’s EMS has faced questions concerning its ownership, management and operation.

Who owns the ambulance in Midland City? Why doesn’t it respond to Midland City 911 calls? How long do patients have to wait for help?

These are just a few of the questions that residents have asked and that WDHN wants to find the answers to.

According to the Alabama Secretary of State, a South Dale EMS was created on July 1, 2019. Yet, no Dale ambulance responded to the cardiac arrest call at Dale County High School on August 6.

The management, ownership and operation of that ambulance has since come into question.

The ambulance itself has Midland City Fire Rescue written on its side. Yet, some documents show the ambulance as being part of the Midland City Volunteer Fire Department.

Calls from the south end of Dale County also face issues.

Reports show that Dale County once voted for a professional 911 service. After that vote, every city in Dale County went under Ozark-Dale 911. All except one: Midland City.

Because of that, south end 911 calls are first transferred to Ozark 911 and then sent to the Midland City Police Department. If Midland dispatchers cannot find EMS volunteers in time, the call is then transferred back to Ozark where dispatchers must, reportedly, attempt to find any nearby ambulance.

WDHN has reached out to Midland City Mayor, Joann Grimsley, the Midland City Clerk and the Midland City EMS Director.

Dale County Commissioners have announced they will be holding a meeting Tuesday, August 20, to discuss their plans to improve emergency response.

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