Rural Crittenden County on edge because of a road block with ambulance provider

WATCH: Crittenden County EMS cannot provide full service

CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ark. — Crittenden Emergency Medical Service cannot provide full service, so if someone needs a life-saving medication before they get to the hospital the paramedics are not allowed to provide it.

Crittenden EMS has been stripped of its advanced life support operations, or ALS.

“If I had a heart problem talking to you, I probably wouldn’t make it by the time they get an ambulance out of Memphis over here,” Crittenden County resident Winston Trail told FOX13.

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health, this is because Dr. Michael Johnson, the ambulance service’s ALS Medical Director, resigned.

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon is offering assistance.

“If they need support, we will do what we can to help them,” said McClendon.

But residents in rural Crittenden County are still troubled.

“So what are they going to do? Leave us hanging?” Perry Thomas asked.

FOX13 reached out to the Crittenden EMS owner via phone and email to learn what’s next, but have not heard back.