The Green Creek Fire Department purchased a used ambulance from the Landrum Rescue Squad for $10,500 in 2008 as its first ambulance.
The first ambulance was a 1992 Ford. As time has gone by, age has affected this vehicle. There have been continuing issues with breakdowns and mechanical failure. It was to the point where the department was afraid to take it on a call for fear it would not return.
After exploring options, the Green Creek Fire Board of Directors and Fire Chief Michael Herman decided the best option would be to purchase a used ambulance with low miles and sell the current ambulance to recoup some of the money.
Remounting the old ambulance box on a new chassis, at a cost of nearly $100,000, was not practical considering the department’s limited funds.
The department found a 1999 Ford ambulance with 79,000 miles for sale by Amissville Fire & Rescue in Virginia. They were asking $14,000, with the unit being well maintained.
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