Mattawamkeag puts new ambulance in service

Posted Nov. 28, 2012, at 7:31 p.m.

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — The town’s new ambulance is used, but new enough to guarantee probably several years of low-cost use, Fire Chief Robert Powers says.

The 2006 International ambulance arrived last week and was immediately placed into service. It replaced a 1996 McCoy Miller ambulance “that was slowly dying on us with the age and wear and tear on it,” Powers said.

“It is a lot bigger, a lot more spacious, than the old one, and actually it has a lot smoother ride,” Powers said.

Maintenance of the old ambulance was a steadily increasing drain of time and money, Powers said.

Residents voted during a town meeting in July to buy the ambulance, which cost $55,000 and has about 100,000 miles on it, Powers said. The ambulance was purchased out of Ohio by a Bangor company for the Mattawamkeag Fire Department, Powers said.

“It’s just super,” Powers said. “It has a lot bigger box on it, a lot more room for equipment, and it’s a lot more comfortable than the old one was.”

The ambulance company of seven emergency medical technicians and six drivers handles about 140 calls a year, Powers said.

It services the residents of Mattawamkeag, Winn, Kingman and Prentiss, usually delivering patients to Lincoln’s Penobscot Valley Hospital or Millinocket Regional Hospital for emergency care.

Recommend this article

SEE COMMENTS →

ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business
ADVERTISEMENT | Grow your business

Similar Articles

More in Penobscot