EMS adds fifth ambulance to its fleet

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Emergency Medical Services has brought its fleet back up to five ambulances with its newest acquisition.
The 2017 Chevy K3500 4x4 Frontline Ambulance replaces an older ambulance which was totaled following a wreck on Route 33 on March 18 in which a Chevy Impala pulled directly into the path of an Upshur County EMS ambulance, according to interim director Gloria Burr.
The driver of the Impala, Mark Hamrick, 26, of Weston, initially lied to law enforcement about being the driver but was later arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, second offense; obstructing an officer; and failure to yield the right of way at an intersection, all misdemeanors.
EMS driver Ray Rosencrance and paramedic Sarah Abbott were injured in the wreck but are expected to return to work soon, according to Burr.
When they return,  the new 774 ambulance is outfitted with some new equipment and features.
“This is our main transport ambulance,” Burr said. “It has the new Stat Trac Cot Fastening System.”
The new cot fastening system features a straight in-track design that reduces operator strain and accommodates extreme loading and unloading approach angles, according to information online.
The new 774 has been in service for just a few days but all the employees who have driven or ridden in it love it, Burr added.
Upshur County EMS also purchased five new Life Pak 15 monitor/defibrillators to go in all of its fleet for emergency situations.


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