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Conrad A. Conrad Elected Chairman of the Board for Rural/Metro Corporation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation (Nasdaq: RURL), a leading national provider of ambulance transportation and private fire protection services, announced today that Mr. Conrad A. Conrad has been elected Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Conrad joined the Rural/Metro Board of Directors in October 2005 and has served as a member of both the Audit and Compensation committees. He succeeds Mr. Cor Clement, who announced earlier this year he would retire from the Board of Directors at the end of June.

"I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Board of Rural/Metro Corporation and look forward to working with fellow Board members to enhance the Company's long-term investment value on behalf of our stockholders," Mr. Conrad said.

Jack Brucker, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "On behalf of the Rural/Metro management team, we welcome Mr. Conrad as our new Chairman. Working together, our Board of Directors, management team, and 8,000 employees have positioned Rural/Metro as a strong competitor and industry leader."

Mr. Conrad retired from the Scottsdale-based Dial Corporation in 2005, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his service at Dial, Mr. Conrad held senior positions at Quaker State Corporation, a leading manufacturer of branded automotive consumer products and services. From 1990 to 1994, he served as Quaker State's President and Chief Operating Officer, and from 1994 to 1998, he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. He also was a member of Quaker State's Board of Directors from 1988 through 1998.

Mr. Conrad also serves on the Board of Directors for Universal Technical Institute, Inc., where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee; and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, where he is also Chairman of the Audit Committee.

About Rural/Metro

Rural/Metro Corporation provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services and private fire protection services in 23 states and approximately 400 communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit the company's web site at


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