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County, Gulfport try to resolve ambulance dispute

Emergency responders from American Medical Response transfer a patient to an awaiting ambulance at the scene of a fatal accident on U.S. 90. AMR and companies it absorbed have provided ambulance service in Harrison County since 1974, a company officer says.
Emergency responders from American Medical Response transfer a patient to an awaiting ambulance at the scene of a fatal accident on U.S. 90. AMR and companies it absorbed have provided ambulance service in Harrison County since 1974, a company officer says. File/2011

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes will meet Monday afternoon with Harrison County supervisors to try to resolve differences over the countywide ambulance system.

Hewes wants the county to get new proposals for the contract that expires Dec. 31.

The supervisors seem satisfied with the service provided by AMR, though.

"I haven't had any problems or complaints," said Supervisor Marlin Ladner.

Board attorney Tim Holleman said that at a meeting a couple of years ago Gulfport said it wasn't being reimbursed when its firefighters responded to calls, even if they arrived there before AMR. The patients or their insurance companies pay AMR for services.

The county pays AMR $28,000 a year, Ladner said, but receives more than $200,000 a year in equipment, which is shared with the cities.

There is no cost to the cities, he said. Harrison County could extend the contract with or without Gulfport.

The meeting will be at 3:30 at the board room in Gulfport.

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