Madison County will have two state-of-the-art ambulances added to its fleet in the spring.
County commissioners agreed to move forward with the purchase of two TraumaHawk ambulances Monday. EMS director Jason Lewis said the ambulances will cost a total of $251,294, or $125,647 apiece.
The vehicles will ultimately be covered by sales tax money, but the commissioners agreed to use cash reserves to go ahead and purchase the vehicles until that money begins rolling in later this year. Madison County citizens approved the renewal of the Special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in November and new ambulances were included in that referendum.
The ambulance director said he is trying to phase out old, high mileage ambulances, replacing them on a yearly basis. The county currently has seven ambulances, including one with 275,000 miles. Lewis said this year will include the purchase of two new ambulances and then one ambulance will be acquired each year for the next five years.
Lewis lauded the TraumaHawk, noting that the last ambulance purchased by the county was that brand. He said it’s a top-of-the-line emergency vehicle at a lower cost than older county ambulances.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood agreed.