Decatur residents puzzled by disruption in EMS service - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Decatur residents puzzled by disruption in EMS service

Posted: Updated:
Several Decatur EMS employees reportedly took themselves "out of service" Friday. Several Decatur EMS employees reportedly took themselves "out of service" Friday.
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:31:27 GMT
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morning. LuacsMore >>
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morningMore >>
  • City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:04:34 GMT
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMore >>
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department after exceeding a 90 day period in which to register as a sex offender.More >>
  • Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:06 GMT
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m.,More >>
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers found two packages. K9 personnel picked up a trail of the suspects which lead towards Wildcat Corner, located at the corner of High School Road and Hwy. 57 near Leakesville.More >>
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Several Decatur EMS employees reportedly took themselves "out of service" Friday, concerning residents serviced by the emergency personnel.

Morgan County 911 Director Ryan Welty said Friday night that the disruption began around 5:30 p.m., when one Decatur EMS truck, which includes two employees, notified them that they were no longer in service, "for internal reasons." Welty said this is not a term they use in everyday transmission.

By 6 p.m., Welty said, all Decatur EMS trucks had put themselves out of service. Each truck is staffed by two people.

Ryan said that as of Friday night, two Decatur EMS trucks were back in service, with a total of four employees working. In addition there are five area first-response trucks in service.

When asked whether salary issues were the reason for the disruption, Welty said he had no firsthand knowledge that employees were not being paid, but that Decatur EMS has a history of paychecks bouncing.

Remember, when breaking news happens, we break it first online, by email, and by text. If you want to receive our breaking news alerts by text, pull out your phone right now and text NEWS to 44848. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877-571-0774 for support.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved.