VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - East Alabama Fire will soon handle EMS for the Valley, Alabama area.
A contract for the merger deal was signed, but some first responders are not happy about it.
City officials say years have gone by where the city employed the EMS and spent lots of money. Mayor Leonard Riley says some employees were upset about the merger and quit their jobs.
He says others are being given an opportunity to work with East Alabama Fire if they can pass a physical test. Riley also says Valley is the only city in Alabama with their own stand-alone EMS and it came time for that to change.
"Most everyone has a fire department. We don't have one. We are just merging this in East Alabama. They can run it more efficiently than we cane," said Riley.
East Alabama Fire will start services in Valley on Oct. 1.
The city is expecting to save between $400,000 and $450,000 a year with the new agreement.