ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County first responders have to be ready for anything, from delivering a newborn, to saving a life, which is why having the latest technology is so important.
First responders received more than 22,000 calls in 2018, more than the previous two years.
“There’s a lot of activity in the community that we have to be available to respond to,” said Sam Allen, the Dougherty County EMS director.
The call volume has only been increasing, but the Emergency Medical Services technology was stuck in the past.
“It’s been a little over two years since the last time Dougherty County got a new ambulance,” explained Allen.
But when it comes to life saving technology, the newer and more advanced it is, the better for you.
“We can use today’s technology to benefit the patients and the medics in Dougherty County,” Allen said.
After years of waiting, the first responders have finally received a new ambulance with the first new design in 19 years.
It cost the county about $127,000. But for the more than 70 medics in the county responding to countless calls every day and night, the new truck was more than worth the price tag.
“That’s the most important thing. We want happy employees. We want employees that take pride in their department,” explained Allen.
It’s not just this truck the Dougherty County EMS will soon be putting to use, the county is also expecting two new trucks by the end of the summer.