Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Shoals Ambulance Guest Editorial

Editor's Note: We were sent this info...some very interesting info. We personally do not have the required knowledge of the situation to say "Yea" or "Nay" to Brian Gibson's businesses. We welcome rebuttals:

It’s No Wonder Ambulance Executive Bryan Gibson Is Named After A Guitar... 
He Plays Communities Then Leaves Them Standing On A Corner.

*Fool’s Gold: Bryan Gibson is at it again. After abruptly closing emergency medical transport operations in six states and putting hundreds of people out of work, Bryan Gibson is now setting up shop in new locations in Tennessee and Alabama. And he’s stealing employees from other EMT operations. Do those employees know how Gibson folded his tent and left scores of families without jobs and towns in six states scrambling to restore ambulance service.
Priority Ambulance CEO Explains Layoffs At Previous Company
March 6, 2014
A lawsuit also alleges Gibson had been moving ambulances to his personal private ambulance business in Alabama and here to East Tennessee before the company filed for bankruptcy.

First Med CEO Talks, Employees Call His Bluff
March 11, 2014
In a 9 On Your Side Investigation - sources told WNCT it was always Gibson's intentions to run First Med into the ground. “When he started telling us to fly first class and to upgrade our hotels, yea that was a red flag.” Gary Poirier is a former First Med executive. He joined the company in 2009 and says when Gibson fired him, the company was in good shape. “There was a 70 million dollar swing to the positive.”

*You know him by many names:  Why does ambulance executive Bryan Gibson use so many different company names, depending on where he is operating?  Because when one goes belly-up like First Med EMS, which he served as CEO, he can hide the failures.  This is not the kind of “shake, rattle and roll” we need in our community.
State Of Emergency!
December 9, 2013
Bertie County officials declared a State of Emergency here Monday morning after learning  its emergency medical provider has opted to abruptly end service to the county only two months in to a five-year agreement.

*It appears Bryan Gibson also owns and is the CEO of Shoals Ambulance in Alabama and Priority Ambulance in Tennessee. How long before he takes assets from these companies and leaves town just like he did with First Med? We don’t need an ambulance operator who is so quick to change his tune.
First Med Shuffles Resources Prior To Bankruptcy Filing
Dec. 17, 2013
The EMS provider that declared bankruptcy, leaving Bertie County in a lurch is on the move. Following up our investigation, 9 On Your Side uncovered new pictures that prove the company's CEO was moving ambulances before filing for bankruptcy.

*Dead or Alive Sang “You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round:” But there is no “spinning what Gibson did to First Med EMS. Brought in according to the company’s own propaganda to help with “expansion and acquisitions” – presumably because of successful, healthy operations – Gibson instead ran the company into the ground. He shut the doors without notice, or consideration to the communities the company served, or the employees that relied on it.
First Med EMS Shuts Down Bertie County Operations
Dec 09, 2013
...Monday morning county officials learned the ambulance provider had closed down. In October the county hired First Med to provide emergency rescue service...

*The Grinch, But Worse: At least The Grinch felt remorseful, but not Gibson. First Med EMS shut its door after it ran out of cash, laying off so many employees right before the holidays. This is not the kind of conscientious partner we need in our community. 
How First Med Stole The Holidays
Mass Layoff Ruins Christmas For EMTs And Their Communities
December 10, 2013
...It’s a sad state of affairs when an organization simply rolls down the shutter and locks its doors with no warning to its members. While I’d like to think there was some deliberation among senior leadership in the days and hours leading up to the decision, it certainly doesn’t seem like it. 

*They Failed. And Then They Quit On Families. All companies can have a hard time, some may even need to go through bankruptcy court. But Bryan Gibson’s First Med EMS didn’t even try. They just closed their doors stranding families at the worst time of the year. 
Bankrupt First Med Fails To Pay Former Employees
December 13, 2013
The pain continues for employees of bankrupt First Med EMS, as the company fails to provide compensation to nearly 2,000 workers.

Former First Med Employees In Hampton Roads Join Class-Action Lawsuit
January 30, 2014
Employees are seeking back pay for no notice before companywide layoffs.

*Political Animal: Lacking merit or an enviable track record of accomplishment, Gibson relies on playing the political game to get contracts and curry favor. With political contributions to candidates or timely donations to the pet causes of elected officials. Merit and saving lives not money and politicians who like it should be the yardstick for service. In Scottsdale, Arizona Gibson oversaw a disastrous $200,000+ independent campaign to install friendly councilmembers. He failed, and the company he used to work for was harshly criticized in local media. 
Southwest Ambulance Keeps Funding Campaigns
October 28, 2010
The corporate political spending, which is separate from candidates' campaigns, raises the question of just how far corporations will go to sway voters after a controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing corporate and union funding in elections.

*Traveling Man: Like many hucksters that travel from trick to trick in town to town, Gibson is now playing in other places he hasn’t yet failed. Like Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona and New York. Let’s hope these states aren’t the next ones to suffer from Gibson hitting the wrong chords, just as he has so far in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Michigan. 
Life Ambulance Files Bankruptcy
Dec. 17, 2013
The owners of Life Ambulance officially filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday, five days after it closed several affiliated stations across seven states. Because of the proximity to Christmas, some connected to Life Ambulance stations are conducting an emergency toy drive among the EMS community to ensure people who lost their jobs can provide Christmas to their children.

*The Gibson Guitar is the wrong instrument for effective emergency services in our area. He spent a lot of time in Arizona, Gibson did, where The Eagles once famously sang about “standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.” It may not be in Winslow, but Gibson will surely play communities in Arizona, Alabama, and Tennessee like he has others, leaving us stuck and standing with little left for EMS. 


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