Jackson County extended the deadline for ambulance services to submit bids for the county’s business.
Last month the county Board of Supervisors decided to invite competition to provide ambulance service after 16 years of going with Acadian Ambulance exclusively.
County Administrator Brian Fulton told the board on Monday that six ambulance services, including Acadian, had expressed interest in bidding on the contract. And they extended the deadline to Aug. 22, to give ambulance services more time to prepare bids.
Originally they set Aug. 12 as the deadline.
Ambulance services that have expressed interest and requested a packet for bidding:
▪ ASAP EMS out of Laurel
▪ MedicOne Medical Response that serves Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois and Texas
▪ American Medical Response that serves Harrison and Hancock counties and is the largest publicly traded ambulance service in the country
▪ Lifeguard Ambulance that serves Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma
▪ Acadian, headquartered in Lafayette, La., and serves Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi
▪ Pafford EMS based in Hope, Arkansas and serves Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Acadian has been the only company under contract with the county since 1999, when supervisors became dissatisfied with AMR, which was serving the county at that time, and looked for a replacement.
The county stayed loyal to Acadian since, and last year, spent $180,000 to subsidize the service.