Rural Metro ambulance service to leave Martinsville, Greenwood

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (August 18, 2014)-- The Mayor of Martinsville is expressing his concerns about the impending loss of ambulance services to his community.

Mayor Phil Deckard told FOX59 he discovered Monday that Rural Metro Ambulance is pulling out of central Indiana and it will affect Martinsville and Greenwood.

“They’ve attributed it to a financial situation," Deckard said. "Some areas are just not being profitable and making it so that it was not profitable to continue.”

He said he was told Martinsville will have 120 days left on their contract starting this Wednesday; Greenwood will have 90 days left.

The Greenwood Mayor told FOX59 his community has had a backup plan in the works for some time. It will use a different ambulance service when its contract with Rural Metro expires.

Martinsville is still searching for a replacement.

“We’re just hoping that another company will rise to the surface.”

Deckard is also very worried about the employees affected by the loss. He said he asked the president of Rural Metro about their options.

“I discussed that with the president. He assured me that number one they will offer transfers to other locations in Indiana as well as adjoining states. And they would also work with employees to try to find them employment in the same profession with other companies who would be interesting in coming to the area," he said. “It’s devastating to the employees who have contacted me all weekend concerned about it and it’s something of major concern."

FOX59 reached out to Rural Metro Monday but has not received a response yet.