OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Dale County Commission has approved over one million dollars for its EMS agencies.

This money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act that was given to many counties and small towns during the pandemic.

Ariton, South Dale, Ozark, and Echo each received a portion of the 1.6 million dollars — but Echo received the most, $1.1 million.

The biggest amount is given to the agency that covers the most square miles — and Echo covers 165 miles in Dale County.

This money will help the department which has been running stretch thin and going above and beyond like many EMS services during the pandemic.

“These funds will allow us to recoup the wear and tear on our equipment and help us better prepare in case there is another pandemic,” Chief Heath Hughes said.

Chief Hughes hopes to start seeing the funds roll in this summer.