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First Med employees are the last to know about shut down


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

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