Puckett EMS delivers $1.3 million check, assumes ambulance duty in Walker County on Nov. 1

Source: Mike O’Neal, Walker County Messenger, October 16, 2015

On Nov. 1, Puckett EMS begins providing 911 ambulance service to all of Walker County. … On Oct. 15, the company delivered a $1.3 million check, full cash payment for that purchase. Terms of the contract call for Puckett to provide ambulance service with a base charge of $450 plus a $12-per-mile surcharge.


Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell signs ambulance contract, alienates county coroner
Source: Tyler Jett, Times Free Press, October 3, 2015

Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell sold the county ambulance service this week and, in the process, alienated a local elected official. Heiskell signed a five-year contract with Puckett EMS on Wednesday. Beginning next month, the Austell, Ga., company will exclusively provide ambulance services to county residents for $250,000 per year from the local government. Puckett EMS Vice President Terry Johnson said the company will absorb all the county’s emergency services employees, which he estimated as 70-80 jobs. As part of the deal, Puckett EMS also will buy emergency equipment from Walker County for $1.35 million and build a garage in Walker County and employ three mechanics to maintain ambulances it uses in Tennessee and northwest Georgia. …

Three bid to become Walker County’s ambulance service provider
Source: Mike O’Neal, Walker County Messenger, September 13, 2015

Commissioner Bebe Heiskell on Thursday, Sept. 10, opened sealed bids from three Georgia-based companies: American Medical Response of Stone Mountain; Puckett EMS of Austell; and Angel EMS. Angel is headquartered in Fort Oglethorpe and has its fleet maintenance facilities just south of Chickamauga. … The county has operated its own ambulance service as part of its fire and emergency services department since Jan. 1, 2009, not so much by choice as by necessity. Prior to that date the county — as well as Catoosa and Dade counties — were served by Hutcheson Medical Center’s green and white ambulances. … At the time, chief Camp said the county had considered operating its own ambulances for at least five years. After a little more than 6½ years, the county will again contract an outside agency for emergency medical transportation services.