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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At least 50 people in Wilmington and over 2,000 company-wide lost their jobs this weekend. First Med, an EMS and transport company in Wilmington and several other locations, shut down Friday afternoon without notifying any employees.

“I found out Saturday afternoon through Facebook that we didn’t have our jobs anymore,” said First Med dispatcher Jason Spencer.

The company’s website is no longer working and no one is answering the phone.

“When I asked him what was going on, he said the company has ceased operation and to call him every two hours to get an update,” said First Med dispatch supervisor Carrie Tuma. “I did that, and he never answered the phone again.”

Director of Communications John Flemming did not answer my calls either. When we knocked at the office door, a man refused to answer and walked in the other direction.

Employees were finally able to get personal belongings from the office Monday morning, but still worry about the hundreds of patients who rely on them.

“That is their life line,” said Spencer. “Now, what are they going to do?”

If you want to help any former patients or employees so close to the holidays, you can email Jason Spencer at wbff135@gmail.com.

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5 Comments on "First Med employees are the last to know about shut down"

Former FMEMS
2015 years 10 months ago

The company closed down all operations in VA, NC, SC, OH, WV, Ky without notice last Friday. According to some who were contacted, the company cited bankruptcy yet as of this afternoon, no such bankruptcy was recorded. This mess came about after Enhanced Equity, a group of private equity investors hired a firm to conduct due diligence on proposed OH acquisitions which the company later completed. The firm mis-judged the per run costs and revenue by a long shot. Original First Med founders discovered the miscalculation and created a workable plan to fix the mess. Enhanced Equity chose to hire Bryan Gibson as CEO and dismissed the original founders. Trace Gibson’s history on Linked-In, etc… and the story speaks for itself while the original founders have a great record for both patient and employee care.

The question that should be investigated is: does Gibson stand to benefit from this bankruptcy personally for his own company in Al at the expense of all loyal First Med EMS employees?

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 10 months ago

….has a few things to say about 50 employees + released without warning.
There you go WWAY…research and do your homework accordingly!

2015 years 10 months ago

Yes, it’s calld the WARN Act. A former employee in OH has filed a class action suit.

John Galt
2015 years 10 months ago

Neither. The company was run right into a brick wall by Mr. Gibson, despite the best efforts of virtually everyone else in the company.

2015 years 10 months ago

Did the company go Galt or go broke?


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