Ben Smith and David DuBose (copy)

Ben Smith, left, chief and owner of A&E Emergency Services LLC, and David DuBose, deputy chief and paramedic, display a Lucas CPR machine. A&E was selected to become Franklin County’s main ambulance service provider in June and officially received a five-year contract from the County Commission on Sept. 16.

After giving the nod to A&E Emergency Services LLC to replace American Medical Response as Franklin County’s new ambulance service provider, the County Commission approved a five-year contract on Sept. 16.

The commission’s vote was 14-0 with members Don Cofer and Adam Casey absent from the meeting.

When the commission approved the change in June, Ben Smith, paramedic and owner of A&E, said his operations needed to be expanded to fully serve the county.

He told the commission that A&E should be fully equipped and completely operational in October.

The contract says that primary service sites will be the A&E Emergency Services LLC building at 489 Old Mill Road, Winchester and from the Estill Springs Police Department building at 308 South Main St. in Estill Springs.

The contract says that, if deemed necessary during seasonal peak hours, other locations can be negotiated. It says the county will provide a garage to house the ambulance at the Estill Springs Station.

The contract says that all front-line ambulances must be under 7 years of age and have less than 250,000 miles on them. Backup ambulances should have no more than 275,000 miles on them.

A&E took over the county’s lead ambulance role on July 1.

Smith said that a majority of the personnel at A&E are critical care paramedics which certifies them as professionals in a variety of advanced skills and emergency medical treatments in the pre-hospital setting.

These advanced skills allow critical care-certified paramedics to perform in-the-field surgical procedures, including the placement of chest tubes and surgical airways in patients, performing diagnostic ultrasounds, ventilator operation, and the administration of blood products.

Smith said that his EMS professionals also have a solid working knowledge of how to get around the county itself.

This allows them to respond to 911 emergency calls efficiently and with confidence and should lead to optimal response times for patients.

A&E has employed 25 paramedics and EMT’s plus additional part-time EMS workers as needed and has plans to add up to 10 additional full-time paramedics and EMT’s as Franklin County’s first-call provider.