AMR promises more staff, coverage after EMT assault on patient

American Medical Response said they will increase staffing and add ambulances after an EMT was caught assaulting a restrained teen patient

By EMS1 Staff

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — An ambulance provider agreed to additional staff and coverage after an EMT was caught on an officer's body camera assaulting a restrained teen patient.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that American Medical Response said they will increase staffing and add two ambulances at two DeKalb County fire stations, one in Dunwoody and another in Stonecrest.

AMR, which will provide daily reports and monthly review meetings, will also contract with a third-party ambulance service within 30 days to help provide more resources, according to the report.

Last week, Dunwoody officials declared an EMS "crisis" after the assault on the patient. Councilman Terry Nall wants the state to allow Dunwoody to select its own EMS provider.

"We owe it to our citizens to exercise local control over the EMS portion of public safety," Nall said. "We look forward to working with the first responders of DeKalb Fire in tandem with an EMS provider dedicated to a Dunwoody EMS zone."

DeKalb County's contract with AMR will run out at the end of 2018. The county has charged the ambulance service $1.5 million for past performance issues, but the company hasn't paid due to a contract issue.

The county is currently planning a bidding process for a new EMS provider.


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