OXFORD, Miss (WTVA) - Some folks in Oxford could have only one ambulance serving residents.
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors is in contract negotiations with Baptist Memorial Hospital regarding the future of ambulance services in the city of Oxford and Lafayette County.
The contract is still in the works, but some citizens believe that the contract is lacking and places Oxford and Lafayette County citizens in harm's way.
"The ramifications of it are so obviously egregious I don't see how anyone can ignore it," Keveon Taylor said.
Taylor is a concerned citizen in Oxford. After he saw the contract posted on the city of Oxford's public website, he started to ask questions.
"People do not want this to take effect because it's going to affect people," Taylor said. "It's going to change the lives of people and people can forcibly die."
In the contract, Baptist agrees to relinquish control and administration of the E911 dispatch service. That includes emergency medical services dispatched to Lafayette county. What caught Taylor's eye is that the contract only requires Baptist to have one ambulance within the city limits of Oxford at all times
"Having that one ambulance here is not in anyways adequate and not nearly enough to serve this county of 50,000 people," Taylor said.
Taylor shared his thoughts on Facebook. Many shared and commented calling the contract horrendous, risky and absurd.
"It's not a good feeling," Vicky Davis said.
Vicky Davis also is worried. She experienced driving her husband to the hospital in a rush. And she says she wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone. But, it's likely some will experience that if not enough ambulances are provided.
"There could be more than one emergency, and if we only have one ambulance, that leaves the love ones to take their loved ones to the hospital," Davis said. "And what if they have a wreck trying to get there."
As for Taylor, he says he just wants answers. He says he's reached out to city and county officials but has not heard anything back.
Taylor created a petition, demanding change in the contract. His initial goal was for 200 to sign but now he changed it to 500.
"I interpret this as that one ambulance is going to be here but won't even be able to leave Oxford, so they won't be able to serve as a county," Taylor said. "So people in the county, in my interpretation are left to fend for themselves."