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Rockwall County announces new contract with longtime local EMS provider

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 8, 2017) The Rockwall County Emergency Services Corporation (ESC) has recently entered into a new contract with Medic Rescue (d.b.a. Rockwall County EMS). The board voted unanimously to approve the contract, which had been submitted through a request for proposal (RFP) process initiated earlier this year. The new contract extends the partnership with local ambulance service provider Medic Rescue that spans the past two decades within Rockwall County.

Board members overwhelmingly approved the new contract, saying the agreement addresses the critical service needs of taxpayers and residents. “First and foremost, we are out of the subsidy business,” said ESC Board President and Rockwall County Judge David Sweet. “We are fortunate that this market has grown, and it no longer necessitates spending thousands of taxpayer dollars each year to ensure our citizens receive the critical emergency services they need and deserve.”

After working for a year with Medic Rescue to extend the terms of the previous contract, the ESC board felt compelled to issue an RFP. “Response times were a major area of focus in our discussions,” Sweet said. “We needed to do our due diligence for the Rockwall County residents we represent, and we are confident that Medic Rescue has stepped up and is the best choice moving forward.”

Highlighted among the most pressing issues with the new contract were the creation of four response zones to ensure uniform response times and patient care throughout the county, elimination of government subsidies, as well as performance-based accountability. “We have been members of this community for more than 20 years, and are happy for the opportunity to continue our partnership with Rockwall County, providing quality emergency medical service in our own hometown,” said Mitch Ownby, EMS Chief, Rockwall County EMS. The new five year contract takes effect on Oct. 1, and includes the possibility for annual renewal up to 10 years.

The ESC was created in 2003 as a way to more effectively manage and share costs for EMS and other emergency related services within Rockwall County. ESC board members include elected officials from Rockwall County and the cities of Rockwall, Royse City, Fate, Heath, McLendon- Chisholm, Mobile City and Rowlett.

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