RACINE, W.Va – The Boone County Ambulance Authority has received two new ambulances.
Bryan Justice Director of the Boone County Ambulance Authority said, “We actually just got a loan from the USDA to buy these trucks with. The way it is right now in the county with the tax base being so down with coal jobs leaving there’s no coal operations like there was in the eighties and nineties.”
According to Justice the ambulance authority got a low interest loan from the USDA which made it possible for them to get the two new ambulances this time.
Justice said the cost of each new ambulance is approximately $76,900. This price does not include any of the equipment which has to be on board. The cost of the equipment is approximately $30,000.
According to Justice the ambulance authority is replacing a few of their older fleets with these two new ambulances.
Justice said, “One has 300,000 miles on it so we don’t want to run the risk of breaking down with someone having a heart attack. If that does ever happen we have what we call mutual aid agreement with other county services.
The mutual aid agreement is where ambulance authorities from surrounding counties will come to the aid of Boone County Ambulance Authority if they were to ever need it said Justice.
“We are looking at buying three more in the spring once we get some more funding lined out,” said Justice.
Justice said we have a levy. It is voted on every four years. It has to pass with a 60% vote. The last primary in May we had it on the ballot and it passed with 81%.
“So that lets us know that the people really want the ambulance authority here,” said Justice. “It provides us with revenue to buy ambulances, to meet payroll, education and training.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, email@example.com or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.