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The new look of five Allegiance Mobile Health ambulances stationed in and around Jasper.

Can other ambulances operate within the City of Jasper following the deal that was struck with Allegiance EMS? It depends on who you talk to.

Ross Hines of Shady Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation in Newton said the problem surfaced on Thursday morning when the staff of his facility attempted to have a patient transported to a medical facility in Jasper. Hines said he was told by workers with Acadian EMS that they could no longer transport patients to Jasper because they had received a letter from the City of Jasper stating that Acadian could no longer operate within the city limits of Jasper. Hines said the situation was further complicated when Allegiance EMS; now the City of Jasper’s only EMS provider said it was bound by a contract to serve the City of Jasper and the north part of Jasper County and could not provide a unit.

Earlier this month, following considerable discussion and deliberation, the City of Jasper and Jasper County Emergency Services District #4 contracted with Allegiance to provide service to the City and ESD#4 and in return the company would be the only EMS provider allowed to operate within the jurisdictions.

Jasper Fire Marshal Brandon Duckworth said he was aware of the situation but that the letter did not prohibit EMS units from other companies other than Allegiance from bringing patients to Jasper for treatment but would limit them from picking up patients and addresses here in Jasper and taking them back to their original location or another facility. However, Duckworth said that efforts were underway to limit that restriction to only emergency calls.

The letter from Duckworth to Acadian obtained by KJAS Radio News states the following: “As a result of the City of Jasper and all the entities going to Allegiance EMS as the sole provider and after conferring with the city’s attorney, it was recommended that the City of Jasper have you cease all operations within limits of the City of Jasper and it’s ETJ.”

Hines said later in the day that he had spoken Newton County Emergency Director Olin Bean, Allegiance EMS and others and that he had been assured that transportation for his patients to other facilities in Jasper would be available.