Clay County without ambulance services after reported walkout

Clay County Emergency Management said medical 911 calls could have an extended response time.
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 8:06 AM CDT
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CELINA, Tenn. (WSMV) – Clay County and Celina residents are without ambulance services after a reported walkout by emergency personnel.

Clay County Emergency Management released a statement regarding the issue on Facebook.

“We are without an ambulance service inside the county,” the emergency management office said. “State EMS is aware of the situation and other counties are currently working together to run emergency calls as they come into our dispatch center.”

Clay County and Celina citizens i regret to inform you at this time were are without an ambulance service inside the...

Posted by Clay County Emergency Management on Monday, May 22, 2023

The emergency management office said medical 911 calls could have an extended response time. Some Clay County residents commented on the post concerned the extended response time could cause issues for those desperate for help.

“Minutes matter in life and death situations!” one commenter said. “This is unbelievable!”

An emergency medical technician who was among about 20 employees to walk out Monday from Celina EMS claims the dispute is regarding Mayor Luke Collins allegedly replacing the county’s medical director. WSMV4 has reached out to Collins for comment and has not yet heard back.

WSMV4 is working to learn more and will update this story as new information becomes available.