Chattooga County government has operated an ambulance service for many years and by most accounts the service is successful; but neighboring counties of Walker, Catoosa and Dade counties have relied on Hutcheson Medical Center for Ambulance service for years.

Now those counties are having to scramble to come up with an Ambulance Service for their county.  Walker, Catoosa and Dade County commissioners have been meeting to come up with a solution after Hutcheson Medical Center announced that they will cease ambulance service as of January 1, 2009.  The commissioners are now taking bids for an ambulance service that would serve all three counties.