Galion and Polk Township residents will now see two new ambulances responding to emergency medical calls. The Galion Fire & EMS Department recently replaced two, 2002 models in its fleet.
City Council authorized the use of state purchasing last August, and the department selected Burgess Ambulance Sales of Loudonville to manufacture the units at a cost not to exceed $387,350. One ambulance was paid for with a FEMA grant. The department’s third ambulance, a 2009 model, will be used as a backup when another ambulance is out of service.
In 2017, the department responded to a total of 1,809 medical-related calls, including 189 falls, 139 people with difficulty breathing, 92 people with cardiac issues, 39 people with abdominal pain, and 23 automobile accidents. This was an increase from 2016’s total EMS calls of 1,651.
The Galion Fire & EMS Department looks forward to continuing to provide quality service to residents.