Two Scott County Ambulances Break Down Transporting Patient

Two Scott County Ambulances Break Down Transporting Patient

Georgetown-Scott County EMS has battled mechanical problems with their ambulances all summer. Those problems continued Monday
Georgetown-Scott County EMS has battled mechanical problems all summer with their ambulances.

Are the ambulances safe enough? 

An ambulance arrived at a home Monday afternoon.  They responded to a call that a person fell.  The ambulance never made it out of the driveway. 

A second ambulance came, picked up the patient, and broke down on the road.  A third ambulance had to come, and finally got the patient to the hospital. 

"We just had a rash of mechanical problems," said Georgetown-Scott County EMS Director David Sloane. 

Sloane said they did the best they could.

"I was frustrated, but I understood that we have the shift supervisor that handles those calls, and if we had a similar issue today we would do the exact same process," said Sloane.

The ambulances that broke down were fixed, and are back in service.  Sloane blames what's under the hood: A Ford 6-cylinder engine.

"They've not been dependable and the ambulance industry has approached Ford with that issue, so as they age and have more issues we've tended to run into more repair problems," said Sloane.

He wants people to feel safe.

"We have ambulances to cover the calls in Scott County.  If for any reason that we are completely tied up there are mutual aid agreements, which means we can call on our neighbors to send us help," said Sloane.

Sloane also said in the last year ambulances have responded to more calls. 
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