Escambia County EMS Expands Service To Walnut Hill, Bratt

November 14, 2017

For the first time in 40 years, Escambia County EMS assumed responsibility Monday for primary ambulance response in the Walnut Hill and Bratt area.

“This is the result of a great partnership between EMS, fire and county administration working together to better serve local citizens,” Escambia County EMS Chief Steve White said Monday afternoon at the Walnut Hill Fire Station on Highway 97. The fire station is now home to an Escambia County EMS ambulance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For the past four decades, Atmore Ambulance has provided primary medical response to the Walnut Hill and Bratt areas in the 327 landline phone exchange. Escambia County nixed that contract with Atmore Ambulance, and the Escambia County Commission allocated funds to hire 12 new staff members, primarily to staff the ambulance in Walnut Hill.

White said most of those positions have been filled, with the remaining to be filled likely by year’s end.

White said Monday that he believes Atmore Ambulance will continue to respond into Florida under a mutual aid agreement, and Escambia (FL) EMS will also be available to respond into Atmore.

An Escambia County EMS unit is also stationed in Century. When the Walnut Hill or Century unit is responding to a call, the remaining unit will standby in Bratt, available to respond to the area.

Meanwhile, plans are being made to end a contract under which Escambia County EMS provides primary response to Flomaton. That contract will end after Flomaton secures a medical response provider.

Pictured: An Escambia County EMS stationed at the Walnut Hill Fire Station on Monday. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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