SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- Rural/Metro Corporation, a leading national provider of ambulance and private fire protection services, announced today it has been awarded the exclusive, long-term contract to continue providing emergency ambulance services in Knox County, Tennessee. The award followed a unanimous vote today of the Knox County Commission.
"We are extremely proud to once again be named Knox County's trusted provider of high-quality emergency ambulance services," said Michael P. DiMino, President & Chief Executive Officer. "The County conducted a comprehensive selection process to ensure citizens that the very best pre-hospital medical professionals will be at their sides during emergencies. We thank the Knox County leadership, EMS Evaluation Committee and County Commissioners for their continued confidence and support."
The contract award is for an initial five-year term, followed by two, five-year renewal options thereafter. The new contract term is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013. Rural/Metro provides services to more than 62,000 patients annually in Knox County.
"Rural/Metro has built a strong presence in Knox County through more than two decades of exceptional service performance, and we are committed to growing with the community in the future," said Rob Zachrich, South Zone Vice President. "Our base of operations in East Tennessee provides a strong platform for our continued investment in advanced EMS system enhancements for the benefit of the citizens we serve. The privilege of serving the residents of Knox County is a testament to the excellent work of our East Tennessee leadership and staff."
Rural/Metro Ambulance has provided emergency and non-emergency services in Knox County since 1985. Additionally, Rural/Metro Fire Department has served customers in unincorporated Knox County for more than 25 years. The Company employs more than 500 medical transportation and fire service professionals in the area and is the only ambulance provider in Tennessee to receive national accreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
"Our employees work tirelessly around-the-clock to ensure our commitment to clinical excellence and customer care is met every day in Knox County," said Rob Webb, East Tennessee Division General Manager. "We are very pleased to continue to provide this vital public safety service to our fellow citizens and neighbors and value the opportunity to serve the county for many years to come."
Rural/Metro Corporation is a leading national provider of emergency and non-emergency ambulance services and private fire protection services in 21 states and nearly 700 communities throughout the United States. In Eastern Tennessee, Rural/Metro Ambulance is the largest emergency medical transportation provider, with service to Knox, Blount, Loudon, McMinn, Polk and Franklin Counties. The Company's East Tennessee division headquarters is located in Knoxville. For more information, visit www.ruralmetro.com or www.ruralmetroetn.com.