Providing emergency medical services is expensive, said Sam Cunningham, Region VII EMS coordinator.
“There just isn’t enough tax revenue generated or call volume in Quitman County to adequately pay for the EMS services needed,” he said. “A private service depends on call volume to generate revenue and Georgetown-Quitman doesn’t have enough calls to make it a profitable or even break-even business.”
Cunningham said the area couldn't even provide volunteer services as a possible alternative until recently.
“We also found that not a single resident living in Georgetown-Quitman County is certified as an emergency medical technician,” he said.
Georgetown-Quitman County is receiving a new fully-equipped ambulance for a primary response unit and an additional ambulance for backup. MetroAtlanta Ambulance will also provide dispatch services and billing services at no cost to Quitman residents.
Quitman County is expected to generate revenue to maintain an affordable service.
The donation is valued at about $120,000.