AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - UPDATE: After a lengthy meeting Tuesday, the Augusta-Richmond County Commission voted not to have a contract with Gold Cross EMS.

Gold Cross Vice President Steven Vincent spoke at the meeting, saying there are not any rules or regulations they would have to follow in order to surrender their coverage of the area.

Vincent confirmed with FOX54 that Gold Cross will be pulling out of Richmond County. They have already notified the state.

Here's the email sent by Gold Cross to the state of Georgia:

“In accordance with Georgia Department of Public Health

("DPH") Rule 511-9-2-.04(4) (a)(2), Gold Cross EMS, Inc., ("Gold Cross") as the designated 911 Zone Provider for Richmond County, Georgia, hereby notifies DPH that it intends to voluntarily surrender its designation status for its assigned Emergency Response Zone in Richmond County, Georgia, effective immediately.

Gold Cross will continue as 911 Zone Provider for Columbia County.”

FOX54 spoke Vincent about the Commission's decision.


At its Tuesday special called meeting, the Augusta Commission voted on the contract valued at $1.95 million. 

Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Alivn Mason joined FOX54 Mornings on Monday to discuss the contract. Negotiations have been in the works since last spring, but the Commission has not been able to agree on terms. 

Read more about the city's relationship with Gold Cross: 

Tune in to FOX54 News at 5 p.m. for live coverage on today's vote. 

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