NEW AMBULANCE ADDED TO FLEET IN IRONDEQUOIT
Federal Funds Help Purchase Emergency Vehicle
The Irondequoit Town Board recently awarded 250-thousand dollars from the Town’s share of American Rescue Plan Act grant funds for the purchase of an additional ambulance to serve the residents and visitors of Irondequoit. With safety technologies constantly evolving and improving, the new emergency vehicle will help bring Irondequoit Ambulance up to current safety standards for both the patient and EMS providers.
One of the greatest risks of injury for EMS providers and patients is lifting and carrying patients. The modular ambulance is equipped with Advanced Life Support capability and power-assisted patient stretcher and loading system that can raise and lower a patient that weighs up to 650- pounds, safely.
“The vehicle has the latest advanced life support equipment bringing the emergency room directly to the patient's side,” said Thomas Kirchoff, Operations Chief at Irondequoit Ambulance. “Irondequoit Ambulance is extremely grateful to the Irondequoit Town Board and Supervisor Rory Fitzpatrick for this funding opportunity because without it, we would have been unable to consider an additional ambulance to provide service,” added Kirchoff.
“Irondequoit Ambulance provides excellent medical transport service for patients, and we are thrilled to be able to help add another emergency vehicle to its fleet,” said Irondequoit Town Supervisor, Rory Fitzpatrick. “The new ambulance will help expand and improve medical services in caring for our community,” added Fitzpatrick.
The truck also features communication equipment that connects to the Monroe County Radio System, and a computerized dispatch terminal that directly connects to the 911 dispatchers providing GPS location services. This aids in the ability to better dispatch the closest and most appropriate ambulance resource to respond to a call.
Irondequoit Ambulance estimates it will be one of six ambulances responding to more than 56- hundred requests for service in 2023.