MADISON — Aldermen passed a resolution Tuesday night to move forward with an ordinance regulating ambulance care within the city.

The ordinance comes three months after Madison County supervisors shut down Reliant Medical Transportation LLC from operating a non-emergency ambulance service in the county without having a proper contract.

Although Reliant was not named specifically, Madison Board Attorney Dale Danks said the city has information that indicates businesses are looking at coming in the metropolitan area and providing non-emergency transport services.

“Currently the city of Madison does not have its own ambulance ordinance,” Danks told aldermen. “We’re covered more or less by the county, which does in fact have a contract with a certain ambulance service.”

Danks said the goal of the ordinance is to ensure that anybody doing business in Madison is properly licensed and registered. The ordinance also would require any ambulance service from responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls.

“Companies want to come in but they do not want to handle the emergency service,” Danks said, calling those businesses more of a transit service.

Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said the ordinance will help keep service in Madison.

“In order to have a reliable ambulance service you have to have a service that does not cherry pick, one that takes care of the entire population,” she said. “It’s my understanding there have been issues that could occur that could hinder the quality of service we now have if someone comes in and they don’t play by the same rules.”

Reliant appealed to supervisors back in May to allow them to operate as a basic life support company. The county’s ordinance requires ambulance providers to run both emergency and non-emergency calls. Non-emergency calls are more lucrative.