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TIMELINE: A history of Winder EMS approval

The battle for the sole emergency medical service provider in Barrow County continues to rage on.

A lawsuit has been filed by county attorney Angie Davis of the Barrow County Superior Court against the city of Winder.

The city has since responded by hiring Smith, Welch, Webb and White Attorneys at Law in McDonough to represent the city in the case.

Winder City Administrator Donald Toms says that while the county may not want Winder to have a separate EMS license, that the city’s wish to do so is valid and constitutional.

However, the county believes that Winder moving forward with its intent to find its own EMS services instead of using the Barrow County Emergency Services would be a breach in the state-approved Barrow County service delivery agreement. This agreement made between the city and county back in 2008 appoints the county government as the sole provider of EMS services in Barrow County.

This isn’t the first thing to unfold. This began back in September when the city of Winder first issued an application for separate EMS licenses. 

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