CELINA, Tex. -- The Celina Fire Department can now add emergency services to their line-up. According to Fire Chief Jerry Duffield, Celina is taking over the EMT services from Care-Flight.
Care-Flight opted out of their arrangement with the city ninety days ago, so the fire chief decided, along with city leaders, for the fire department to take over.
Chief Duffield says he is excited about the new system and says if he is accountable for the citizens of Celina, he wants to be the one in charge.
"As fire chief, I’m accountable for emergency services and having a vendor such as Care-Flight, I didn't have control and if I’m accountable I’d like to control it. So once we were able to take over, Care-Flight chose to end the relationship, we chose to move this direction," Chief Duffield said.
So far, Celina Emergency Services employees 40 people, eight of which are full-time employees, and the chief says he hopes for that number to grow, since the city has taken one step toward future growth.