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Welcome to Rural /Metro's South Zone

Rural/Metro’s South Zone operations currently provide private 911-emergency and interfacility ambulance transportation and private fire protection services in seven states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. The Company’s South Zone also includes the states of Arkansas, North Carolina and South Carolina, where future expansion is planned.

Our 2,600 South Zone employees provide ambulance transportation and fire protection services 24 hours a day to our growing base of customers throughout region, providing more than 350,000 ambulance transports annually.

  • 911 Emergency Ambulance Services: We are the exclusive provider of 911 emergency ambulance services in major cities and counties through the South, including Knox, Louden, Blount, Franklin, McMinn, Polk and Shelby counties in Tennessee; DeKalb, North Fulton and South Fulton counties in Georgia; Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Sumter counties in Florida; and Jefferson, Etowah and St. Clair counties in Alabama – just to name a few. We are also the only ambulance service provider in the state of Tennessee to be nationally accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
  • Interfacility Ambulance Services: From large hospital networks and healthcare systems to skilled nursing facilities dotted throughout our service areas, we are the trusted ambulance provider that healthcare professionals turn to for their patient transportation needs. With more than half of our patients requiring interfacility transportation on a non-emergency basis, we are experts at ensuring our customers’ needs are met.
  • Community & Industrial Fire Protection Services: We are the national leader in private fire protection services to dozens of unincorporated communities around the nation. In the South, we serve Knox County, Tennessee. We are also the recognized expert in on-site industrial fire protection services, including airports, manufacturing plants and oil refineries. We are proud to include Fed-Ex in Memphis, CITGO in Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Alcoa in Eastern Tennessee among our customers.

Careers

Rural/Metro's South Zone's paramedics, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, dispatchers and other skilled emergency service professionals represent a highly dedicated and respected work force throughout the United States. We operate in variety of EMS settings, from fast-paced, high-performance urban environments to suburban and rural communities.

We are seeking high-performing EMS professionals to support the communities we serve.  If you are looking for a career with an industry leading, national provider of ambulance and private fire protection services, you've come to the right place!

Newsroom

HARNISH NAMED RURAL/METRO OF TENNESSEE REGIONAL DIRECTOR

JerryJerry Harnish has been confirmed as the permanent regional director of Rural/Metro of Tennessee.

Earlier this month, the former Knox County fire chief was named interim division general manager in charge of both the ambulance and fire divisions of Rural/Metro of Tennessee. This position is now permanent and has been renamed regional director.

Rural/Metro is the largest emergency services provider in East Tennessee with more than 800 employees and emergency ambulance contracts in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Franklin and Polk counties.

 

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RURAL/METRO FIRE DEPARTMENT NAMES 36-YEAR VETERAN KNOX COUNTY FIRE CHIEF

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Gene Blaylock, a longtime firefighter who joined Rural/Metro Fire Department when it began its Knox County operations in 1977, has been named Knox County Fire Chief.

Blaylock started his career as a firefighter at Station 26 on Strawberry Plains Pike and rose to the rank of assistant fire chief. Over the course of his 36-year career, the veteran has served at five stations and received numerous promotions, culminating in his recent advancement to fire chief. The position opened when Jerry Harnish was named Rural/Metro of Tennessee Regional Director on an interim basis last week, a title that is now permanent.

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