Fire station gets new ambulance

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By Denise DuBois

Smiths Station Fire and Rescue recently purchased a new ambulance to service the community.

“This has been a long term project for us getting a second ambulance in the community,” said Daniel Sexton. “We’re very excited that we have been able to purchase a new ambulance with the latest technology and safety features.”

Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland said, “This is great to go from one to two ambulances on the road everyday. Our fire department is top notch. They’re always progressively going forward looking for ways to serve the citizens.”

The new ambulance cost $195,902 and equipment inside cost an additional $20,000. It was paid for by the Lee County Fire Fee and Ambulance transport fees.

There are, on average, five ambulance calls per day and 1,622 total calls this year. Smiths Station Fire and Rescue share ambulance duties with EAMC ETS, which also operates one ambulance in Smiths Station.