New ambulance in service at Ansonia


ANSONIA — Ansonia Rescue Squad’s new ambulance has been in service since July 24 and since then, has made at least four runs.

The Braun Medic was purchased from Penn Care in Van Wert.

“We went with the Chevy chassis, because Ford didn’t offer a diesel,” said Chris Widener, president of the squad.

The old ambulance, he said, was sold to a private ambulance company.

The squad has two ambulances, and every five years, usually gets a new one.

Cost of the new vehicle was $154,083.

“Six thousand of that was paid with a grant and the another chunk from the old unit,” Chris said. “We try to offset our costs. We won’t be buying medical equipment this year. We transferred our medical equipment out of the old one and put it in our new one.”

Ansonia Rescue covers 116 square miles, and goes on an average of 400 calls per year,”

“We staff one squad 24/7,” he said.

Ansonia Rescue covers all of Allen, Brown, Richland and York townships and part of Wabash.

There are 26 personnel, including five medics, six advanced EMTs and 14 basic EMTs.

Other officers, in addition to Chris, are Laura Clark, vice president; Tammy Royster, secretary; Patty Rodeheffer, treasurer; Joe Widener, board representative; and Renee McCleskey, scheduling officer.

“We appreciate all of the taxpayers and thank all the communities, townships, and residents for their continued support,” Chris said.

By Linda Moody

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