Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary recently purchased a used ambulance that’s expected to be arriving to the county’s fleet soon.
In October, the Starke County Commissioners approved the purchase of a retired ambulance from the Plainfield Fire Department with 70,000 miles on it in the amount of $40,000. Clary previously noted that a refrigerator is included in the ambulance which is a benefit with some of the medications used by EMTs and paramedics that require refrigeration.
He said ambulance will be used as the primary transfer unit at Starke Hospital. The current unit is aging and would be used as a backup unit if another truck is out for repairs.
“We’ll be able go down there and get it, but it still needs to be decaled and the radios switched over,” Clary said to the commissioners. “Hopefully, we can have that in service in the next two or three weeks. I’m working on the state paperwork right now to get certification numbers switched from one truck to another and some other things that need to be tidied up.” Clary added that the ambulances currently on the fleet had no major issues in the month of November.