A private ambulance firm has extended their services to McDuffie and Warren counties.
Capital City Ambulance Service, which is based out of Augusta and Columbia, S.C., recently placed an ambulance in Thomson to service non-emergency calls, according to Clint Steerman, director of the private ambulance firm.
The one ambulance, located in Thomson, also will offer service to residents in Warren and Hancock counties.
"In the future, our plans are to have an ambulance substation in Thomson," Mr. Steerman said. "The plans are to grow our business in these three counties."
Currently, the ambulance is operational in the three counties Monday through Friday from eight to 10 hours a day. It is parked at Thomson Manor Nursing Home in Thomson.
Capital City Ambulance, which was founded in Columbia about four years ago, has 11 ambulances operating in the Augusta area. Overall, the company has a fleet of 30 ambulances and employs 157 people. They are licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina.
Mr. Steerman said officials with the ambulance firm are seeking to become accredited with the American Ambulance Association (AAA).
"We're attempting to create a good ethical accredited ambulance service in McDuffie, Warren and Hancock counties," Mr. Steerman said. "That's our goal."
He stressed that Capital City Ambulance Service is not locating in McDuffie to run emergency 911 calls.
The McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services serves the counties of McDuffie and Glascock counties with emergency calls. The director is Tim Edwards.
During a recent McDuffie County Commission meeting, Mr. Edwards informed commissioners that Capital City Ambulance Service was planning to start non-emergency services in the three-county area.
"We're here to assist them on emergency calls if they need us, but that's all," Mr. Steerman said. "We are not locating here so that we can run emergency calls. That's not our purpose for being here. Rumors have circulated that we're here to do that. Actually, that's not the case at all. We're really here to run non-emergency calls to nursing homes, hospitals and dialysis centers."