By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
Estill County Emergency Medical Services recently put a new ambulance on the road which increases the fleet to six with five of them licensed and in use.
Director Ron Jackson was happy to show it off last week and explain all about it.
“It was a demonstrator with 6,000 miles on it,” Jackson said. “It cost $87,000 and was paid for with a grant for 55 percent of it from the United States Department of Agriculture.”
Jackson said he borrowed the balance and will have it paid off in three years.
“That is about the time we will need to buy another ambulance,” he said.
All Estill ambulances are serviced regularly by Herbie Rogers.
“He is from Estill County and he takes really good care of all our trucks,” Jackson said. “He has been servicing them for 20 years.”
The oldest ambulance has 267,000 miles on it and Jackson said they average racking up 40,000 to 50,000 miles a year.
“Last year we made 3,300 runs,” Jackson explained. “We have two ambulances in service 24 hours a day seven days a week. We also have one that is in service 12 hours a day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.”
Jackson also praised the people who staff the amublances as well as the mechanic who takes care of them.
“We have a lot of caring people working for us,” he said.