The newly formed Bourbon County Ambulance District receives two new ambulances.
Mercy Health Foundation Ft. Scott says the original plan was to raise funds to purchase one new ambulance. They began that process a little more than a year ago. However, once the money they raised was combined with a $25 thousand dollar donation from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, there was enough money to purchase two new vehicles. The ambulances are designed to handle the longer distance transportations Bourbon county crews are likely to see.
“With the closure of the hospital, we were challenged with several different opportunities to give back to the community. The need for an ambulance was brought to our attention 14 months ago,” says Jared Leek, Chairman, Mercy Health Foundation Ft. Scott.
“With the closure of the hospital, that affected service. Without the donation of Timken and the Health Foundation for these transit ambulances, we would not have been able to do that,” says Dave Bruner, Deputy Chief, Ft. Scott Fire Department.
Each unit costs just over $92 thousand dollars, and will join a fleet of five ambulances in the district.