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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners are considering giving two older ambulances that need replacing to Albany Technical College and Darton College for their EMS programs. Both programs are using ambulances that are broken down for training.

Combined, the two ambulances would only bring in about $20,000 if sold. If the schools were to buy brand new ambulances, they could easily spend more than $100,000 each, but there's no money in the state budget to allow for that type of equipment.  

Darton EMS Director, Trish Hotz said, "Our current ambulance that was a donation from another county, basically died this fall. It just started pouring transmission fluid and power steering went out and those kind of repairs are just astronomical." Charles Proctor, with Albany Tech said, "It adds that degree of realism to the experience."

The donations should last each school about ten years. The last time the county donated a surplus ambulance was in 1997, to Albany Technical College.

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