We must be “ready to react.” To do that we need equipment and we need people to make the equipment move. Often our emergencies are handled in the first critical moments with only two people. This means we must design and purchase our equipment in a way that supports limited manpower. It means higher costs for adequate care. Below are just a few examples. -Chief Curtis Sheets
The average cost of an ambulance in Virginia is now approximately $220,000. Ours cost more. Our ambulances carry “AutoPulses” which are machines to do CPR compressions without human assistance. Our cots use a battery to raise themselves from the ground to the loading position. This adds $8,000 to the cost of each cot. We have 5 of them. Is $40,000 too much to spend on these cots? To fully appreciate the issue, it would need to be your loved one on the cot, or your strained back trying to lift manually.
Watching a house rekindle because you have run out of water is heart-breaking.
Tanker Two, our pumper/tanker, uses a state-of-the-art system called CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System) and also carries combination of 2,500 gallons of water (vs the typical 750 gallons) and a 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump. All of this allows a crew of two firefighters to attack a fire aggressively in the first 15 minutes. Tanker Two costs $200,000 more than if we had purchased a regular tanker.
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