After five days and only three calls for service, however, Hutto said Pro Med “pulled out” as of Monday night. The service, Hutto said, cost the same as an ambulance call to WEMA (Wilson Emergency Management Agency).
WEMA Director John Jewel said Monday that the ambulance was not stationed at a stationary location but had sat at “different places,” including the parking lot of Rutland Elementary School, the Providence MarketPlace parking lots, and areas in close proximity to the growing area.
“This is something (Mayor) Hutto put in place as a temporary fix until they figure out what to do in Mt. Juliet,” Jewel said. “We’ve used Pro Med before when we’ve been understaffed, had them run out of Station 1 (in Lebanon), so he worked out a deal with them to cover an area of Mt. Juliet that they feel needs some service.”
The ambulance service operated 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from late last week until Monday evening. Hutto said he will “continue talks with the Mt. Juliet folks for now” to reconcile the issue of fire and emergency response in Mt. Juliet and west Wilson County.
Hutto added that despite reports in another Mt. Juliet newspaper he has only met with Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson and Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam, in separate meetings, and plans to meet with newly elected Mt. Juliet District 2 Commissioner James Maness on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.