SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - Smiths Station has been sharing ambulances with nearby communities for nearly six years until today.
An ambulance service with top-notch equipment onboard is riding out to serve the city.
Smiths Station Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Sexton says his department is ready to serve the near 35,000 people in the department's district.
"We have our own truck that focuses just on the Smiths Station community and we will be available for the Smiths Station community," Sexton said.
Paramedics with the same level of training as East Alabama Medical Center or Care of Phenix City Paramedics will be behind the wheel according to fire officials.
These vehicles are equipped with new automated CPR machines to increase the survival rates of patients.
Response time was an issue when ambulances were previously shared, now fire officials and the mayor are hoping to make that issue disappear.
"It will cut down on response time so the citizens of Smiths Station will be better served and we are looking forward to it," Smith Station Mayor Bubba Copeland said.
Locals with young children are also glad to see the paramedics making a home in their city.
"That sounds good. They will be right here especially if we need them," a Smiths Station local said.
EAMC and Care of Phenix City will continue their ambulance work in the area as well. This ambulance service is expected to
According to fire officials, the ambulance service will be funded by the Fire Fee Fund which was approved in 2012.