First of 3 new ambulances arrives for service
IRONTON -- A new, four-wheel-drive ambulance for the Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services was put in service Thursday. It will be stationed at the Aid ambulance station.
The $126,000 ambulance was among three the Board of Commissioners agreed to buy earlier this year. The other two are expected to be delivered in late July and serve the Chesapeake and South Point ambulance stations, said Earl "Buddy" Fry, director of the ambulance service.
"This four-wheel-drive ambulance will be stationed at Aid and will help the EMS crews reach patients a lot quicker in the wintertime and during other weather emergencies," said Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr.
"We have some challenging terrain in Lawrence County," said Commissioner Les Boggs. It's the first time the ambulance service has used a four-wheel-drive ambulance, he said.
The three ambulances will complete the replacement of all the old orange-and-white ambulances the county inherited from the Southeastern Ohio Emergency Medical Services that closed in 2011.
"Our crews work hard in providing cutting-edge EMS treatment to the citizens of Lawrence County," Fry said. "The crews and the citizens deserve the very best in EMS service and dependable equipment."
In other action, Bill Nenni, head of the pilot's association at the Lawrence County Airpark, said the group wants to be self-staining and agreed to put an additional $25 per month assessment on planes hangered at the airport on County Road 1 west of Chesapeake. The fees are being made retroactive to Jan. 1.
The board also agreed to borrow $35,000 from the Neighborhood Investment Project to pay for a lighting project at the Lawrence County Jail. The interest rate for the bonds will be about 1.75 percent, said County Treasurer Steve Burcham.
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