MedForce EMS has won the bid as emergency medical service provider for Gallatin County Ambulance, a service that until June 1 was provided by Williamson County Ambulance.
The Gallatin County Board approved the MedForce EMS bid May 16 for a two-year contract, according to MedForce EMS Chief of Operations Marshall Watkins.
Watkins said MedForce EMS brings to Gallatin County upgrades to service that include a new ambulance truck with a $105,000 value.
"We feel Gallatin County has invested in MedForce and MedForce will invest right back to Gallatin County and do a good job for them," Watkins said.
Watkins said the MedForce ambulances have electrocardiography capabilities and an End Tidal CO2 machine that informs emergency medical technicians if someone is going into cardiac arrest.
"It measures the amount of CO2 they are blowing off and helps adjust the oxygen amount in the ventilator. That cuts down on brain damage," Watkins said.
Gallatin County Ambulance is currently based out of the Ridgway ambulance house. Staff is there ready for calls 24 hours a day with an advanced life support paramedic on board, Watkins said. He said advanced cardiac life support equipment is important when serving a rural area with ambulance crews making decisions on whether to take a patient to a hospital, a catheterization lab or to a helicopter to take the patient to a cath lab.
Med Force has been in business since 2004, based in Saline County with a home office in Eldorado. It is owned by Brad and Keeley Williams.