Martinsville Fire Department expressing need for new ambulance

Martinsville Fire Department expressing need for new ambulance


MARTINSVILLE’S FIRE CHIEF IS CONCERNED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT MAY HAVE TO RESPOND TO FEWER E-M-S CALLS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. CHIEF TED ANDERSON SAYS .. ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S THREE AMBULANCES IS GETTING OLD AND WILL LIKELY BECOME UNUSABLE SOON. DURING TONIGHT’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING … COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS HIS REQUEST FOR 200- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REPLACE IT. CHIEF ANDERSON SAYS STATE GRANT MONEY FOR A REPLACEMENT HAS BEEN DENIED THREE TIMES BECAUSE THE MILEAGE ON THE AMBULANCE ISN’T HIGH ENOUGH. TED ANDERSON/MARTI NSVILLE FIRE CHIEF: “WE’VE HAD THIS UNIT BREAK DOWN WITH PATIENTS IN THE BACK, WE’VE HAD THIS AMBULANCE BREAK DOWN ON THE WAY TO CALLS, WE’VE HAD THIS AMBULANCE BREAK DOWN IN FRONT OF PATIENTS’ HOMES.’ IF THE CITY DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY … CHIEF ANDERSON SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO APPLY FOR GRANTS.

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