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Rural/Metro to Provide Ambulance Services to Arizona's First Regional EMS System

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rural/Metro Corporation announced today that it has finalized a new contract in which its Southwest Ambulance subsidiary will provide exclusive emergency ambulance transportation services to Arizona's first Regional Emergency Transportation System (RETS). The City of Mesa, Town of Gilbert, Town of Queen Creek and Apache Junction Fire District comprise the newly formed EMS region.

Michael DiMino, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very proud to continue our longstanding history of outstanding service to these growing communities under a unique model that will deliver high-quality services and the efficiencies of regional service integration. As a national leader in EMS system innovation, we look forward to delivering the latest patient-care technologies, cost-effective training partnerships, and advanced fleet specifications to meet the demands of this high-performance system."

The RETS contract is for an initial three-year term, followed by two three-year renewal terms, for a total possible length of nine years. Southwest Ambulance has a long history of continuous service to the communities that comprise the EMS region. The Company has served all four areas for a combined average of 21 years.

"Our commitment to our regional partner agencies and the citizens in each of their communities is unwavering, as we continue to provide the highest-quality ambulance care in the East Valley," said John Karolzak, Southwest Zone Vice President. "We are honored and very proud to have been selected by the EMS region's partner cities as their trusted 911 provider and look forward to introducing multiple system enhancements as a part of this process."

About Rural/Metro
Rural/Metro Corporation is a leading national provider of 911 emergency and non-emergency interfacility ambulance services and private fire protection services in 20 states and approximately 450 communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit the Company's web site at www.ruralmetro.com.

About Southwest Ambulance
Southwest Ambulance is Arizona's largest ambulance transportation provider with more than 1,200 personnel and 300 ambulances serving 40 communities with emergency and non-emergency care throughout the state. For more information, visit the Southwest Ambulance web site at www.swambulance.com.



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