Non-emergency ambulance service comes to Bay County

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Century Ambulance Service will officially start non-emergency transportation services in the county on Monday.

They'll take care of patient rides between hospitals or between a hospital and a home.

Patients who use the transportation service will always have a trained paramedic or an EMT in the ambulance with them.

Century officials and county commissioners tell us this service will fill a great need in our area.

"Well it's the population growth and demand growth, as you can well tell with the different folks that come here on the weekend, your population almost doubles and the same amount of ambulances are here. Now, we're going to be able to be there and augment and actually perform in a manor which we hope exceeds expectation, unfortunately when needed," Century Ambulance Service Operations Manager, Chuck Cooper said.

"Our emergency calls have gone up significantly in the last couple of years. As the tourism has come back, I think we're seeing more and more families and what not on the beaches, so there's more and more response in that realm," Bay County Commissioner, Guy Tunnell said.

Century representatives also tell us they're currently hiring EMT's and paramedics for their Panama City location. They're even offering a $7,500 bonus for joining the team. Head to Century Ambulance Service's website, linked above and to the left of this article, for more information on how to apply.