Grant Provides New Ambulance for Fla. Fire Department

The new ambulance will replace the department's 2002 basic life support unit


 
 

GEORGE H. NEWMAN, The Tampa Tribune | | Thursday, July 7, 2011


PLANT CITY, Fla. -- A successful state grant application will help provide Plant City Fire Rescue with another ambulance.

The $102,750 grant was provided by the Florida Department of Health to expand emergency medical service transport capability.

Fire Chief George Shiley said the grant, prepared by EMS Chief Jim Wilson, was one of 70 provided by the state, and the only one that was awarded the state's full allocation of 75 percent for an emergency vehicle. The city provided an additional $34,250 for the new ambulance, priced at $137,000.

"We saw the need for a new emergency transport vehicle in January," Wilson told the city commission June 27. "The acceptance of this grant will allow us to place the new ambulance on the road. That will make us less dependant on mutual aid response agencies, providing the city with the means to take care of our own citizens and visitors during emergency medical calls."

The new ambulance will be ordered in July and is expected to be in service October 1.

Commissioner Bill Dodson asked if the operation of the new ambulance would incur additional costs to the city.

"We will continue to operate with the same number of personnel," Wilson said. "The new ambulance will replace a basic life support unit that is a 2002 model. That unit will be used as a spare when the new ambulance arrives."

The city presently operates two advanced life support ambulances, manned with two paramedics and all the medical apparatus and medications needed. Those vehicles were purchased in 2006 and 2008.

A third ambulance, purchased in 2002, is licensed as a basic life support vehicle and is used primarily to transport patients with non-life threatening injuries.

Under the present operation protocol, when a medical emergency call is received by a Plant City dispatcher, the fire station involved will ideally respond with an ambulance only. The former practice of sending a fire truck and ambulance to a purely medical call no longer exists, Wilson said.



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, ambulance, grant funding

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Baltimore Man Rescued from Building Collapse

Rowhouse collapse traps a worker in the basement area.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

A Night with Wisconsin’s Busiest Medic Unit

Ride along one night with the paramedics of MED 5.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Patient Dies in West Virginia Ambulance Rollover

Marion County Rescue Squad crew is injured in collision.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rescue Volunteers in Syria

White Helmets group at work during fighting.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Boulder Pins Colorado Hiker

Wilderness EMS team frees trapped hiker.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

North Dakota Oilfield Medics

Tactics used in offshore platforms tailored to the remote areas.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >