New ambulance now serving central Middlesex
|The new ambulance of the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad has seats that harness EMTs in safety restraints while they attend to the patient. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
by Tom Chillemi
The Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad (CMVRS) of Urbanna recently put a brand new state-of-the-art ambulance in service.
The Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance was ordered to the squad’s specifications, said CMVRS Captain Christian Foster.
The rescue squad was able to pick any exterior color at no extra cost. Oyster Road Signs of Deltaville matched the lettering to the dark blue main color and added reflective shadowing to the letters. State law requires reflective letters.
This is the first brand new ambulance the CMVRS has been able to purchase since 2001. During the past 12 years the squad bought used ambulances. One of those was traded in to reduce the cost of the new one.
The price of the new ambulance was $149,000 and was purchased with a Rescue Squad Assistance Fund grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. The rescue squad’s share of the cost will be $22,000. “We were fortunate to get the grant,” said Foster.
sent to the CMVRS at
P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175.
The CMVRS has paid staff to answer calls every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers answer calls the rest of the time. Volunteers are needed, and training as a driver or EMT is provided to those who are interested in helping.
The rescue squad bills insurance companies for it services to county residents and accepts whatever amount the insurance company pays. Those who do not have insurance are not charged.
The CMVRS will soon hold a fund drive. Donations can be sent to the CMVRS at P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175.