Pike County based Guardian E.M.S. has been granted a contract to provide 911 emergency coverage to sections of Howard County. Representatives of the company were in attendance at Monday’s Howard County Quorum Court meeting and said, with the county’s approval, they would begin serving citizens soon. J.p.’s approved the contract on a 9 to nothing vote. Guardian will have emergency care coverage for all areas north of Highway 26. The company plans to locate an ambulance within the city of Dierks. During times when that ambulance is unavailable, Guardian said they will bring an ambulance from Glenwood and station it in the New Hope area to provide coverage. Sheriff Bryan McJunkins said AT&T representatives will need to remap the 911 service so dispatchers will be able to send the Dierks ambulance to northern portions of the county. Company representatives said they don’t have a firm start date yet..and were going to Dierks after yesterday’s quorum court meeting to visit with city officials about a structure that would house the ambulance.