Pinckard teams up with new primary EMS provider

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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Pinckard residents could start seeing more ambulances thanks to its new primary EMS provider.

Tuesday evening, the Pinckard Town Council passed a motion that will make Echo EMS the town’s primary EMS provider.

“The motion that is left to vote is for Echo rescue to be primary EMS provider with Ozark being secondary,” said Pinckard Mayor Bobby Borland during the meeting.

The motion, which passed unanimously, means Pinckard will now receive the same primary care from Echo EMS that Grimes and Napier Field have had for nearly a decade.

“We made the decision recently to go 24 hours, so we’ve got a crew here seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Echo EMS Director Heath Hughes. “That will help as far as covering the areas that we already have plus Pinckard as well.”

The council voted for Echo EMS to serve as Pinckard’s primary rescue service, while Ozark EMS will be the town’s secondary provider.

“You put them (Echo EMS) as the primary, (dispatchers are) going to call them first,” Borland said during the meeting. “If (they do) not get them, (dispatchers are) going to get whoever else is close.”

While Pinckard will be able to benefit from the new partnership, Echo’s EMS director said he hopes his organization will do the same.

“It will give us more run volume (and) it will allow us to sustain a service here in Dale County to help provide care to their citizens,” Hughes explained. “As well as if they would like to join and be a part of Echo EMS, there’s definitely opportunity there and we would welcome that.”

Echo EMS will officially start servicing Pinckard as soon as the town sends official documentation to the E-911 board.

Also during Tuesday’s specially-called meeting, the council voted to withdraw from the Dale EMS agreement.

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