Montague County Commissioners Vote In Favor of Bowie Ambulance Services

MONTAGUE - Residents in Montague County will continue to get EMS services from Bowie, after county commissioners voted Friday to keep Bowie as their provider of their emergency ambulance services.

Bowie City Councilors recently retracted their intent to stop offering service outside the city limits.

After more than an hour of presentations from Bowie Mayor-Pro Tem Scott Davis and representatives from Sacred Cross, that also put in a bid to offer services, there was a heated discussion between county commissioners.

In the end they voted in favor of Bowie's bid for $75,000.

Montague County Commissioners voted to continue using Bowie as their ambulance service provider, but it wasn't until after residents on both sides of the issue expressed their concerns and a heated debate between the commissioners.

"We wouldn't be here today if you wouldn't have sent that letter and told us you didn't want it anymore," said County Commissioner Bob Langford to Davis during the meeting.

But Davis said the commissioners made the wisest choice this afternoon.

"I think we're more equipped," Davis said. "I think we're more trained. I think we know the demographics of our county better than anybody since we've been here our whole life."

"We know what shortcut we can take to cut the response time in half and so, it's very important to know that kind of thing when you're dealing with someone's life and your response time could mean the difference between life and death."

Davis said he hopes the commissioners' decision will bring unity in the county.

"We just need to learn to mend that division that's been in our county for my whole life. So, we will work diligently to mend that bridge."

The commissioners will also need to come together to work out how the county's going to pay for Bowie's $75,000.

Bowie City Manager Ricky Tow said responding to county EMS calls costs the city around $350,000 with Montague County paying the city $30,000 for the service. 

The vote Monday will mean $45,000 for Bowie once their contract is up on October 31st.


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