Johnsburg EMS has two new ambulances in its fleet, a 2009 Chevy 3500 Osage and a 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
The Johnsburg Emergency Squad is sporting two new ambulances these days, thanks to the many locals who supported the ambulance fund drive and funding from the federal government.
The first, a Chevy 3500 Osage, has been in use since February. It’s a 2009 dealer demo with 14,000 miles. The ambulance was ordered in November 2010 prior to receiving notice from FEMA that a grant request submitted in the spring had been awarded. Receiving $118,750 towards the $137,000 purchase price was happy news for not only the squad but also the local taxpayers. This ambulance replaced the 1998 box ambulance provided by the Town of Johnsburg which had over 150,000 miles and cost several thousand dollars each year to keep road-worthy.
The second ambulance, a 2010 Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, arrived Aug. 6 and marks a departure from tradition for the agency. The van has a smaller workspace than a regular box-type ambulance, but it offers more gas and maintenance savings. Members say getting used to the smaller space will be a challenge but the savings are worth it.
The purchase of this ambulance reflects the effort by the Board of Directors to reduce expenses without sacrificing emergency care. It replaces a 2001 Ford, previously owned by the Town of Johnsburg, which had 145,000 miles and needed $12,000 in repairs in 2010. The squad also owns a third ambulance, a 2005 with 90,000 miles.