Time For An Upgrade

SHERMAN – Two fire departments in Chautauqua County are showing off a pair of new vehicles.

The Stanley Hose Co. No. 1 recently took delivery of an ambulance while the Maple Springs Fire District has taken ownership of a new utility all-terrain vehicle.

Fire officials in Sherman recently put into service a 2012 Road Rescue Ambulance, certified for advanced life support by New York state. The ambulance is equipped with a Phillips Heart-Start cardiac monitor, medical drug and trauma bags, an intubation kit and a powered load system, among other equipment.

The ambulance was dedicated to Bob Crane and Dave Damcott, both emergency medical technicians who have served the Stanley Hose Company in that capacity for more than 60 years combined.

In Maple Springs, the 2013 utility all-terrain vehicle was purchased with taxpayer revenue. The fire department held fundraisers to cover the cost of a mobile trailer and accessories.

According to Douglas Conroe, Maple Springs fire chief, the ATV can carry a patient and an emergency medical technician, as well as four firefighters.

The decision to buy the $25,000 vehicle came down to safety, Conroe said. With snowmobiles popular in the fire district the department sought equipment to travel through the snow.

“If there is an accident involving a snowmobile and we didn’t have anything, it would be very difficult to go out there and get them,” Conroe said.

The ATV will be used year-round. Conroe noted the fire department could use the ATV for brush fires during the summer or similar incidents to transport firefighters and equipment.

“We have a lot of open space throughout the fire district in addition to snowmobile and hiking trails where emergency services incidents can occur,” he said.