A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tells 12News HD, Southeast Texas EMS plans to cease its operations in Jefferson County by midnight Tuesday morning.
Mike Burney, VP of Operations of Acadian Ambulance, said Acadian plans to offer service for up to a year at no cost to the county to fill the void left by Southeast Texas EMS.
"Acadian is well-prepared to take over the additional calls whether they be 911 or non-emergency with Southeast Texas EMS closing their doors," Burney said.
LaBelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Sonnier has worked closely with Southeast Texas EMS. He said many volunteer fire departments across the county are not taking the closing lightly.
"Them shutting down is a big upset to all of us. We don't want to see them shut down, but we don't know what the reason are or anything, but Cindy and their whole staff are all upset. They've apologized to us," Sonnier said.
12News HD attempted to contact the owners of Southeast Texas EMS. We were told there would be a statement from the owners regarding the closing, but we have yet to receive that statement.
According to the Southeast Texas EMS website, they were also operating in the city of Jasper. 12 News HD found out Monday from the Jasper Police Department that the company ended their service there a month ago.
According to the web site of Southeast Texas EMS the company was formed in October 2000 as a private ambulance provider specializing in Mobile Intensive Care Capable ambulances.
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