Nick McWilliams reporting – A new ambulance for the city of Uhrichsville has arrived.
Mayor Rick Dorland announced the new emergency services vehicle was delivered to the city this week, and will replace their current, primary ambulance.
After over two decades of service, Dorland says that it was time for the city to use a newer, more dependable means of providing care to residents.
“Since I came into office in 2016, at that time, we had a used ambulance … we still have that used ambulance. It has over 100,000 miles on it. It’s 23, 25-years old. It’s outlived its life.”
Dorland says that the ambulance was placed into service this week as well.
With a better piece of equipment ready, he adds that it’s a good feeling knowing residents will be provided for, and says that the fire department will have plenty of pride.
“The guys are probably betting on who gets to run in it for the first time. And that’s always good. They have a lot of pride and I give the fire department credit. Chief [Justin] Edwards and his captains did a great job specking out this squad and researching it.”
The city’s contract with Smith Ambulance, who provided backup service in the area, was extended until January 31st next year last month.
A reported increase in costs from $14 per patient to $22 was waived with the extension, and will go on a month-to-month basis if no agreement is reached by then.
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