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County to enhance ambulance service

County to enhance ambulance service

July 10th, 2012 in News

Cole County's ambulance system soon will get a quick response vehicle (QRV).

Director Mike Shirts told county commissioners on Monday the vehicle would help a supervisor get to "a large-scale, or medium-scale, accident where we have two or three ambulances (and need) supervisor mobility to oversee that type of incident."

Also, the vehicle could provide initial care at an emergency during the July 4th festivities or the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair, without tying up a full ambulance crew.

"Right now, we're committing ambulances where we really don't need to," he said. "We can make a more efficient operation by having one person, and a response vehicle, that would handle that."

Shirts said the new vehicle would cost about $32,000.

Commissioner Jeff Hoelscher wondered why it needed to be a larger four-wheel-drive vehicle, capable of seating six people, and not a smaller, sports-utility vehicle.