Horry County to discuss privatizing ambulance service, starting with Bikefest

Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Fred Crosby wants ambulance companies to pay to play in Horry County when it comes to special events, starting with the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

Though the move would save the county thousands of dollars in labor, several councilmen aren’t buying the plan and think ambulance companies should meet with the county to see if a voluntary pilot program could provide an answer.

Crosby’s proposed franchise agreement is simple: If a company wants to run its ambulance service in Horry County, pay Horry County $1,000, plus $100 per ambulance and volunteer to work festivals — starting with the highly scrutinized Atlantic Beach Bikefest — and deal with tourists who have left the area not paying millions of dollars in ambulance bills in years past.