September 21, 2013
Anson County EMS has taken delivery of a new ambulance. The ambulance has both the same logo and paint scheme as the other ambulances. On the inside, it looks pretty much the same as any others but there are some important differences— and it’s something patients will certainly appreciate.
The new ambulance has a more sturdy suspension system and a temperature regulated patient compartment. Patients will notice that the ride is a lot smoother and much more comfortable, EMS director Ryan Teal said. “Plus, the temperature regulated patient compartment will help keep our medications and equipment at a prescribed temperature,” he added.
It, like all of the other ambulances, is outfitted with mobile data technology that links the ambulance to 911 dispatch, and with heart monitors that can transmit the data from a patient experiencing a cardiac emergency straight to the doctors at the hospital.
“This new vehicle also represent a change back to a gasoline engine,” Teal said. “Ambulances used to be gasoline powered through the late 1980s when the industry switched to diesel engines. Recent product developments have allowed us to use the gasoline engine again as an option. We’re trying it out and will be monitoring repair costs, fuel efficiency and fuel prices which can easily be compared with our existing diesel fleet.”
Teal added that he believes the switch to the gasoline engine will result in significant cost savings to the county taxpayers in lower fuel and maintenance costs. Anson County has five ambulances in its EMS fleet, and the new ambulance, which goes into service this month, replaces the county’s oldest one.
“I would like to thank the Anson County Board of Commissioners and our County Manager Lawrence Gatewood for supporting Anson County EMS,” Teal said. “Having quality vehicles and state-of-the art equipment is essential to our job and our leaders understand the important job we do.”