Coffee County EMS In Better Shape This Year

The Coffee County Ambulance Service has seen an increase in the number of calls this year. Coffee County Ambulance Service Director John Cathey said that so far this year we have answered 5,734 calls as compared to 6,011 for all of last year. He added that the fiscal year still has several months to go. He said that the ambulance service is now handling more transports calls to and from nursing homes as well as other such calls as well as the emergency calls in Coffee County. Cathey stated that accounts for some of the increase. He also noted that the ambulance service is collecting more funds this year than last, which is good for the overall operation. Last year the ambulance service ended the fiscal year with some $700,000 in the red, but that number has been reduced this year. So far this budget year the service is short $129,000. The director stated that they are collecting more money so far this year. He noted that the ambulance authority is on a better footing financially.