January 12, 2007



CULLEOKA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department hosted an open house for the community on January 11 at 4:00 p.m. to commemorate the stationing of an ambulance at the fire hall in the Culleoka community. The ambulance, which was approved by the county commission in October 2006, began operating from the Valley Creek Road station on December 31.

County Mayor Jim Bailey, who welcomed guests to the event, stated, “It’s one of the strongest, positive steps that Maury County Government has made as far as providing for the welfare of our citizens.  I hope this is only a stepping stone as to what we will be able to do in the next few years.”

He expressed the importance of having an ambulance in the community due to the proximity to the interstate, the growth of the community, and the nearness to a school with more than 1,000 pupils. 

“I also want to thank Maury Regional Hospital. They support Maury County Government in a way that you just can’t believe. They’re just really a tremendous partner for us,” said Bailey.

Maury Regional Hospital CEO Robert Otwell addressed the group, thanking Mayor Bailey and the county commission for their trust in Maury Regional Hospital and Maury Regional EMS to serve the community. He also thanked the citizens for welcoming the ambulance service.

Otwell stated, “Because of Mayor Bailey and the county commissioners, you have a staff and the technology that is closer. It is our honor to be able to serve the citizens of this area in a way that we haven’t before and I thank the county commission for giving us this opportunity.”

Maury Regional EMS Director Steve Fuston added, “I would like to thank Chief Nathan Davidson and the rest of the Culleoka volunteer fire fighters for their assistance in making this a reality. The Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department has a long history of dedicated service to the community. We’re pleased to join them in enhancing emergency response in southeastern Maury County and honored to be allowed to base an ambulance in the Ed Martin Memorial Fire Hall.”

Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department Chief Nathan Davidson stated, “I’ve been with the fire department for 16 years and we’ve always had a great relationship with Maury Regional EMS. They have always been there for us and they feel the same about our department.  When you’re dealing with an emergency, response time means so much.  Having an ambulance now stationed in our community is going to save lives.”

The ambulance is staffed with a paramedic and an emergency medical technician (EMT) from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. The ambulance is equipped with advanced life support equipment that meets or exceeds state EMS requirements. This equipment includes a 12-lead cardiac monitor that enables EMS staff to begin recording and analyzing the heart activity of patients whose signs and symptoms are indicative of a heart problem.

In addition to the primary EMS station on Tradewinds Drive in Columbia, Maury Regional EMS also has ambulances stationed in fire halls in Mt. Pleasant and in the Neapolis community near Spring Hill.

About Maury Regional EMS:

Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has an A-rated department consisting of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are state certified to provide the highest quality emergency medical care. Maury Regional EMS in Columbia utilizes six ambulances, four that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ambulances are located at the Earl Paxton Building in Columbia and at fire stations in Mt. Pleasant, Neapolis and Culleoka.  Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services has been designated as the Regional Communications Center (RCC) for medical and EMS communications in the South Central Region in Tennessee.

About the Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department:

Beginning in 1953, the Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department is one of the oldest volunteer fire departments in the state. In 2003, they moved into the new fire hall located at 2410 Valley Creek Road. The 20-member department operates a fleet of five vehicles and has a helipad located adjacent to the facility.


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