Escambia Florida EMS Begins Coverage Today In Walnut Hill, Bratt

November 13, 2017

Today, Escambia County begins providing ambulance service to the Walnut and Bratt areas, ending a nearly 40-year old agreement with Atmore Ambulance.

Escambia County EMS is assuming primary medical coverage for the entire north end of Escambia County. Atmore Ambulance has provided ambulance service for the Walnut Hill, Bratt, Davisville and surrounding communities in the 327 telephone exchange since 1978. The county contract with Atmore Ambulance will expire at midnight on November 16.

Public Safety Director Mike Weaver said an additional Escambia County EMS unit will be stationed at the Walnut Hill Fire Station on Highway 97. An Escambia County EMS unit is currently stationed at EMS Post 50 on Industrial Boulevard in Century. The units will respond to the entirety of northern Escambia County and also provide response to the Molino area along with units stationed further south.

Weaver requested that the Escambia County Commission include 12 new EMT’s in his budget for next fiscal year, including four crews of two to staff the new Walnut Hill unit.

Escambia County decided to assume the Walnut and Bratt area coverage after service level concerns with Atmore Ambulance.

County officials have discussed ending a contract under which Escambia County EMS provides primary response to Flomaton. For now, that response will continue, Weaver said, as Alabama authorities work on a replacement ambulance arrangement for Flomaton. file photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Escambia Florida EMS Begins Coverage Today In Walnut Hill, Bratt”

  1. Well on November 14th, 2017 5:13 am

    If you’re born and raised in Walnut Hill then you know there is not truly a lot of back roads there.
    And odds are good they will hire at least some locals.

    Possibly even some from Atmore Ambulance.

  2. Born and Raised in Walnut Hill on November 13th, 2017 4:42 pm

    I can’t imagine how this is responsive to the needs of Walnut Hill and Bratt and I certainly can’t understand how this is cost-effective. There are so many side roads that an outsider will never find and therefore people can die because of this change. I try to understand crossing the Alabama/Florida line but Atmore folks are WAAAAAAY more familiar with this backroads than anybody they import into the vicinity.

    From a personal perspective, Atmore responded more than once to my family’s needs and that response time can’t be beat….. geez, try getting a cop here and see how long that takes!

    Bad, very bad idea! The County needs to be prepared for the impact it will have on these communities.

  3. wrenchman on November 13th, 2017 4:34 pm

    This is great news for the north end. But I personal would not cut and/or end the contract with Atmore. EMS units could/can get and have been busy. Then the North In is hung out to dry with no ems units except from south end……

  4. Debbie on November 13th, 2017 11:31 am

    Wonderful !!!! So happy about this. Loved ones in the North End. I worry a lot. Great move! So thankful for all of our first responders!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Sam on November 13th, 2017 6:44 am

    It’s nice in theory, but they can’t cover Pensacola. Their truck in Century constantly gets sent to either calls in or gets pulled down to Molino/Cantonment leaving the north end uncovered. They do not care about anything north of Nine Mile Rd. On most days, when the truck in Century runs a call, there isn’t an ambulance north of Nine Mile. Imagine, needing an ambulance and having to wait for it to arrive from Pensacola.

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