SOURCE: Rural/Metro Corporation

Rural/Metro Corporation

April 07, 2010 14:41 ET

Rural/Metro Board of Directors Gives Notice of Termination to Group President Robert "Boo" Heffner

Group President Bryan Gibson to Lead All Operating Segments Nationwide on Interim Basis

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) -  Rural/Metro Corporation (NASDAQ: RURL), a leading national provider of ambulance and private fire protection services, today announced that its Board of Directors has given notice of termination for cause to Group President Robert "Boo" Heffner as a result of violations of the Company's expense-reimbursement policies. In accordance with the terms of Mr. Heffner's contract, the Company has provided a short notice period before the termination can become effective.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and stakeholders, it is our responsibility to take swift and appropriate action when there is any reason to believe an employee has not met the standards of business conduct we have established for our Company," said Conrad A. Conrad, interim President and Chief Executive Officer. "We take our internal controls very seriously, as they provide valuable tools to monitor and enforce compliance with our business practices, policies and standards."

In conjunction with Mr. Heffner's departure, the Board has expanded the responsibilities of Bryan Gibson, Group President of the Company's South and Southwest Emergency Services segments, to include oversight on an interim basis of all operating segments nationwide. The Company expects the transition of responsibilities will not impact the Company's day-to-day operations.

Mr. Gibson joined Rural/Metro in 1997 following the acquisition of his company, Priority EMS, and served as Division General Manager of the mid-South market and was promoted in 1998 to Director of Business Development for the Company's South Emergency Services segment. He served from 2001 to 2005 as Division General Manager for EMS operations in West Tennessee, Alabama and Northwest Florida, as well as the Company's national specialty fire protection division. In 2005, he was promoted to Group President of the South segment, and in 2008, he was given additional responsibility as President of the Southwest segment.

About Rural/Metro

Rural/Metro Corporation provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services and private fire protection services in 20 states and approximately 400 communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit the Company's web site at www.ruralmetro.com.

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Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Liz Merritt, Rural/Metro Corporation
    (480) 606-3337
    Sharrifah Al-Salem, FD
    (415) 293-4414