Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

NASHVILLE, AR – Hometown emergency medical provider Pafford EMS has expanded its local footprint as of Friday, February 9. The EMS company has assumed service in Howard County as of 8 a.m. this morning.

According to a release from Clay Hobbs, Pafford’s Corporate Director of Operations, Pafford will be providing paramedic level emergency medical response and patient transport services out of its base of operations in Nashville, AR. The station will operate two Medix Type III ambulances. Hobbs said Pafford will continue to employ John Gray, the area’s current manager, and the qualified paramedics and EMTs who served Howard County with Howard County EMS.

CEO Jamie PAfford-Gresham said, “Adding this service area offers the citizens in both Howard and Hempstead counties the opportunity for even better response time performance as we regionally deploy ambulances throughout our rural service areas to where patients need them.”

Hobbs said that as Howard County’s new 911 ambulance provider, Pafford will honor current Pafford members and will offer the county’s non-member residents access to its cost-saving membership program. Hobbs said they promise to serve the citizens with sophisticated, compassionate care.

Pafford has been in business for more than half a century and is licensed throughout Arkansas to respond to 911 emergencies and to satisfy urgent and non-urgent transport to and from medical facilities. Pafford also operates in several other Arkansas counties and three other states, including Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. They employ almost 1000 full and part-time staff. They operate more than 100 ambulances, three medical helicopters and two fixed-wing air ambulances. According to Pafford, they respond to more than 130,000 calls annually.

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