Fayette County Hospital this week received a new advanced life support ambulance to replace a 1994 basic life support unit that has 227,000 miles on it.
The new vehicle, which cost $133,500, features a 2012 Chevrolet G-4500 Diesel chassis with a custom ambulance body conversion manufactured by Osage Industries of Linn, Mo. It was purchased by the hospital district from Emergency Services Supply of St. Louis.
“To have something new and reliable like this is very good for our emergency medical services crew,” said Greg Starnes, FCH president. “It gives us much better reliability, and offers an important service to our community.”
The unit, which can transport two patients at the same time, includes three cameras (one front, one back and one in the patient area) and features state-of-the-art equipment throughout the patient care area.
“It’s one of the best-built ambulances in the country,” said Robert Zaitz, owner of Emergency Services Supply. “It’s like an army tank on wheels.”
Ryan Cunningham, an EMT at the hospital, said that the new ambulance will help him and other EMTs and paramedics do their job better.
“In a rural setting, ambulances take a beating,” Cunningham said. “This new one has better technology and more room for us to work in the back. It’s better for us and more comfortable for the patient.”
When ambulances make runs from the hospital, the onboard staff always includes at least one paramedic and one EMT, said Tina Evans, FCH emergency services manager.