SOURCE: Rural/Metro Corporation

Rural/Metro Corporation

September 13, 2010 18:30 ET

Rural/Metro Awarded 2-Year Extension of Exclusive 911 Ambulance Contract in Orlando, Florida

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  Rural/Metro Corporation (NASDAQ: RURL), a leading provider of ambulance and private fire protection services, today was awarded a two-year extension of its exclusive 911 ambulance services contract for the City of Orlando, Florida on a unanimous vote of the Orlando City Council.

Michael P. DiMino, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The emergency response system in the City of Orlando is among the best in the nation, and Rural/Metro has been an integral part of that system for more than a quarter century. We are delighted to continue serving the citizens of Orlando and look forward to building on our long-standing record of superior performance."

Rural/Metro is the largest ambulance service in Central Florida and has served the City of Orlando since 1985, providing more than 25,000 emergency ambulance transports annually. The Company was the first nationally accredited ambulance service in the state of Florida and is one of only seven providers currently accredited in the state.

In addition to 911 emergency ambulance services, Rural/Metro provides non-emergency medical transportation services to hospitals, long-term care centers, and other healthcare facilities in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Rural/Metro is also the contracted ambulance provider for Orlando Health, one of the state's largest healthcare systems, which includes seven major hospitals throughout Central Florida.

Mr. DiMino continued, "We provide superior service in partnership with our fellow emergency responders and are gratified by today's vote of confidence by the Orlando City Council. Florida presents tremendous growth opportunities for healthcare services providers, and we look forward to expanding our business both organically and strategically there in the future."

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

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Contact Information

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