HOWARD — The Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District has a new medic truck for transporting patients to medical care.
Based at the station in Howard, the new medic truck will have a paramedic aboard for advanced life saving treatment. Chief Larry Stimpert said the new vehicle has advanced life saving equipment which was transferred from the vehicle it replaced. It has a defibrillator, stair chair, back boards, body splints and other necessities.
The basic cost of the new truck, paid for with tax money, was $204,823. Stimpert said the department is in the process of trying to sell the replaced vehicle, a 2003 model with over 100,000 miles on it.
Stimpert said the district is happy to have the new medic truck.
“The majority of our runs are EMS,” he said. “We try to keep that equipment updated as much as possible. We can’t have a truck failing on a run when someone’s life may be at stake. We have to rely on our equipment and medic vehicles are relied on heavily.”
The Danville station, said Stimpert, has two medic vehicles. One, a 2008 model, is on front-line duty, while the other serves as a backup.