Founded in 1969, Rural/Metro Corporation is one of the largest providers of ambulance services in North America. It provides emergency and nonemergency ambulance and fire protection services in more than 20 states and over 300 communities throughout the United States. The company has nearly 7,000 employees who provide health and safety services. Rural/Metro Corporation also provides industrial aircraft rescue and firefighting and wildland fire protection services. In addition, it has an emergency training division that provides hazardous materials response and space rescue training for industrial emergency response teams. The company s clients include local government, patients and families, employers, physician practice management organizations and hospitals. Rural/Metro Corporation maintains one of its locations in Youngstown, Ohio.