Thursday, March 28, 2013

A3: In Service


Amherst Fire Department's newest ambulance has just passed state licensing and goes into service later today, just in time for a trial by fire -- or I should say alcohol -- over the weekend.

Amherst has a fleet of five ambulances and on some weekend nights when UMass is in session and the weather is warm (or the Mullins Center presents a techno concert) all five are not enough.

Plans are to keep the oldest ambulance around and in service for the next six weeks as back up.

Now you know why AFD does not like to transport two patients at a time

AFD will also be getting a new pumper one year earlier than expected at Finance Director Sandy Pooler's urging due to low borrowing rates.  The new $400,000 pumper will replace a 1996 model that Assistant Chief Lindsay Stromgren referred to as a "low bid vehicle" that was not especially popular with staff.

New streamlined state bidding process allows for ordering exactly the vehicle you want with custom add ons.  If ordered in July the town should take possession by the winter.

AFD last purchased a pumper in 2003 and the Quint -- a combination pumper/ladder truck -- in 2009.  The new pumper will become Engine 1 stationed at Central Station in town center and the "go to" truck for initial calls.

AFD Engine 2 Quint


Walter Graff said...

Shiny! Now we only need to order up some more staff and I guess we'll have a much better situation. Come on Amherst, do the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Since a police cruiser had an engine fire today- guess we need a new cruiser (Extinguished in the FSB parking lot with two cruisers responding- it looked like there had been a bank robbery)

Anonymous said...

If Michael Kittredge lived here he would probably step up and buy us one, as he has done in the past for his hometown. Oh but wait that's right Amherst doesn't allow businesses to flourish there. It was just a thought let's go back to plan "A" and raise the property taxes again that always seems to work LMAO!!!!