New emergency medical service to begin in Lamar county

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - After months of preparation Lifeguard Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will start serving Lamar county residents August 1.

Lamar county officials said the board looked into 4 other EMS services, but said Lifeguard was a better fit for residents. The EMS service will provide 6 new emergency vehicles, and a helicopter.

County Administrator Jody Waits said, "Lifeguard was impressive from the first time we met them, their standards of care, their stance of operating, were just tremendous."

Waits added, "We were impressed by all of that."

Lifeguard EMS Chief, Dwayne Tullos said the company will provide quality care. "We are going to be professional, and deliver patient care, like Lamar county has never seen."

John Strickland, a Registered Nurse with the Rescue 7 helicopter said, "The idea of the helicopter is to get the patient from Point A to Point B within the shortest amount of time, and with the helicopter we are able to go direct care...Lifeguard is very reliable to provide that care to patients."

Tullos said patients are their number one priority, "We are going to deliver compassionate care with patients, and treat them how they need to be treated, and give them professional care in a timely manner."

Officials and Lifeguard agreed to a 3-year-contract, the county said it created more health care jobs.

Wait said, "The number of jobs is around 40 jobs, we have added two jobs in our dispatch center, so it has been good for the county all around to have additional jobs."

Tullos said they will work hard to provide Lamar county citizens will reliability.

"It lasts from now on, and keeping the bar raise, we will continue to raise the bar, through education and training and a stringent hiring process" said Tullos.

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