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Caroline getting new ambulance

Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, Caroline County’s Department of Fire and Rescue will be able to replace a 12-year-old ambulance.

The ambulance has 138,000 miles on it and has needed to be replaced for the past six years, according to a memo from Fire Chief Jason Loftus to County Administrator Charles Culley.

The ambulance will cost $157,500. The county will pay $79,426.50 and the grant will cover the rest.

The money from the county will come from a portion of the unspent funds from last fiscal year’s Department of Fire and Rescue budget carried over to be reserved for capital expenditures.

The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase at its July 22 meeting.

The ambulance is one of 11 in Caroline’s fleet. They are rotated between departments so that the mileage doesn’t get too high too quickly on them and to extend their service life.

The one that is being replaced was primarily housed at the Frog Level station.

The county’s policy is that the ambulances are replaced about every 10 years.

The grant was awarded through the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund, which gave about $2.9 million in grants to 87 different agencies across the state.

Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

 

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