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Rural/Metro Employees Walk off The Job in Tennessee County

Eight Blount County Rural/Metro ambulance employees resigned Monday morning, officials said.

Jerry Harnish, a Rural/Metro regional director, said the general manager, a supervisor and six ambulance workers quit at about 9 a.m.

“They essentially left and gave no reason,” he said. “We replaced those folks on the schedule and are up and running.”

Harnish said the Blount County Rural/Metro Ambulance Service had plenty of both part-time and full-time workers to pick up the slack.

“We have a staff of 72, but you hate to give up nine,” he said.

Harnish said he didn’t know why the employees didn’t work out a notice.

“It is very unusual,” he said.

Harnish said he met with the remaining staff shortly after 9 a.m., and all the ambulance units were staffed and running.

When asked if the employees left because of concerns about pay, Harnish said he didn’t know what their motives for leaving were, but said there are six nonemergency ambulances services in Knoxville.

“Obviously, there are plenty of options other than us,” he said. “We’re the largest service and the only accredited service in East Tennessee and people come to work for us because they value the experience and want to do emergency work.”

More details as they develop online and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.



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