The Salem (OH) Fire Department recently added Squad 6—a 2022 Ford E-450 Super Duty Osage ambulance—to its fleet, reports morningjournalnews.com, and expects to put it into service Wednesday afternoon.
The city spent $135,000 from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to purchase the apparatus from Myers Equipment in Canfield. It cost an additional $8,700 for the sirens, extra equipment wiring, paint, and graphics. The digital mobile radio still needs to be installed at an estimated cost of $2,500 to $2,800.
The department had been responding via engine to all medical calls, but now, with the ambulance, crews will have the option to transport a victim instead of waiting for an ambulance.
KLG and EMT are the two private ambulance companies located in the city. They respond to emergencies but are sometimes unavailable. Now when there’s a medical call, if one private company isn’t available, then dispatch will call the second private company. If neither is available, Squad 6 will transport.
The department already had a cot, and all the medical equipment and supplies on Engine 2 will be moved into Squad 6. All firefighters in the department have EMT certification, with 13 EMTs and three certified as both EMTs and medics.