04/22/10 366 W - + 9 - 10 Garner EMS Requests Merger with Wake County, Starting May 31

That's the headline from the Garner Citizen, reporting on the press release issued yesterday by Garner EMS & Rescue Squad Inc. They have a short article about the announcement, as well as the entire text of the statement:

Over the last couple of months, the Garner EMS & Rescue Squad, Inc. Board of Directors has met to discuss the financial standing and future operations of the agency as it exists today. After several Board meetings and deliberations with Wake County, the GEMS Board of Directors requested that the Garner EMS operations transition to Wake County EMS effective May 31, 2010. Wake County staff is open to the transition but is awaiting an official letter of request from the Board of Directors. That letter is expected to be delivered by the end of the week.

This was a difficult decision because the GEMS Board, staff and the public at large wanted the Garner Emergency Medical Service division to maintain its identity. However; in today’s economic climate, the EMS division, which depends entirely on billings for revenue, is not in a position to ensure that cash flow will be maintained to make payroll and pay off debt over the long run. Operating an agency from week to week and not knowing the financial condition is a very stressful way to run a business---and especially not the best situation for an emergency services provider.

The public will not see any interruptions in service before, during or after the transition. GEMS and Wake County will be working out the details of the transition over the next few weeks. GEMS currently has three divisions: EMS, Rescue and Medical Transport. The transition to Wake County only affects the EMS Division. It is anticipated that the Rescue and Medical Transport divisions will continue to operate out of the same location.

Garner Emergency Medical Services, Inc. would like to sincerely thank the citizens and businesses that have supported it over the years and especially in these recent difficult times. We regret the decision has come to this but believe it is best for the long term viability of emergency medical service in the Garner area.

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