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Backup ambulance permission sought in Turners

TURNERS FALLS — Residents within the Turners Falls Fire District will be asked Tuesday to give the Fire Department permission to get into the ambulance business.

The idea, as presented at a public meeting in September, is to purchase a single used ambulance as a backup to be called in by the primary responder, Baystate Health Ambulance.

Chief Robert Escott Jr. told residents at the meeting the plan would cost little, with existing staff already certified as Emergency Medical Technicians and qualified to transport patients in a backup capacity.

The department would use the ambulance to respond to all medical calls, which it does now in a pickup truck, and would only transport patients if the paramedic-level BHA service could not respond, Escott said at the time.

Last week, Escott said the vote was scheduled for February rather than March as originally planned because the department’s equipment vendor offered a used ambulance taken in trade elsewhere at a good price.

The meeting notice asks residents to vote to support the implementation of a backup ambulance service, to be operated by the district with service costs to be billed to the system users.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hillcrest building of the Montague Elementary School, 30 Griswold St.

The Turners Falls Fire District covers Turners Falls, Montague City and Millers Falls.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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