Va. fire department buys first ambulance in over 50 years

The new ambulance, which was purchased with leftover money from a new ladder truck, will help with the growing demand for medical services

By FireRescue1 Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A fire department was able to purchase its first ambulance in over 50 years.

NBC 29 reported that the Charlottesville Fire Department used leftover money they had after purchasing a new ladder truck to buy a new ambulance, the first one the department has had since the 1950s.

The department currently uses ambulances from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, but they need more ambulances now that they have a 24-hour medic squad.

“The fire department will be running a 24-hour peak activity medic unit out of the Ridge Street Fire Station and, starting in January, a 24-hour medic unit staffed with Charlottesville firefighters,” CFD Chief Andrew Baxter said. “In that process, we have determined that we’re stressing the CARS fleet by a significant amount.”

Chief Baxter plans to purchase several more ambulances over the next few years.

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