ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A volunteer search and rescue group is asking Dougherty County for a surplus ambulance.
Commissioners approved the purchase of four new ambulances last year. They now have two that have been declared surplus.
Dougherty County Search and Rescue is a volunteer group of paramedics, first aid trained workers and divers who spend their own time and resources helping in emergencies.
They work at first aid stations for events like Mardi Gras and say the ambulance will help them house all the supplies they need.
"What they become is a rescue truck, so to speak," said Search and Rescue Commander Chuck Mitchell. "We can keep all our medical equipment on there safe and rescue and easily transported from one event to the other and if we get called out on an emergency management call out then we can respond and have all our equipment out there with us."
The Dougherty County Commission will vote on the decision later this month.Typically, surplus equipment is sold at an online government website. The School System police department is also requesting a surplus ambulance.