Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Some Albany ambulances have over 100,000 miles. Not only is it a bumpy ride for a patient.. but it can also be an unreliable ride as well.
Paramedics in Dougherty County are on the road 24/7. Any call may be a matter of life or death, so reliable transportation is a necessity for paramedics.
"No one wants to hear the battery was dead, or we have to send a truck from another station because their truck wouldn't crank," said EMS Director Greg Rowe.
On average, paramedics respond to 21,000 calls a year in the county. "Over fifty percent of our calls are emergency to the scene and emergency back to the hospital that's hard driving on those trucks," said Rowe.
Which means a lot of wear and tear is put on these emergency vehicles. Today commissioners approved the purchase of two new Ambulances. Every year they replace two Ambulances so they always have back up options.
"We're good with what we do, but we have to be able to get to you to perform those skills. The new vehicles are more fuel efficient, quieter and provide a smoother ride for patients," said Rowe.
"I've had some describe it as riding in a stage coach. Which makes an unpleasant situation even worse. A lot of folks to realize the intensity of the bounce, especially when they're injured or have a fracture."
Paramedics are looking forward to replacing these two vehicles. 3:51:22 whether that patient has a broke arm, the flu, or a heart attack, they don't want to be in the back of a truck that's wore out.
The two vehicles that will be replaced will become surplus, which means if a truck is in shop they have extra vehicles they can use. The newer vehicles in the fleet have already proven to be more cost efficient. They've cut back on maintenance costs, which means they will be kept in service rather than in the shop.
Ambulances are only built a few times a year, so EMS officials don't know when they will get their new vehicles.