COHASSET — Chief John Dockray is pleased to announce that the Cohasset Fire Department’s new ambulance was put into service last week on Monday, May 9.
The new ambulance, a Ford F-550 Chassis, was purchased from Osage Ambulance in Linn, Missouri.
“With the addition of this new state-of-the-art ambulance, our department will be able to render immediate and advanced care to our patients during transports which will allow us to better service our community,” Chief Dockray said. “We thank all of the Town Meeting members for making this new addition to our fleet possible.”
The new Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance features a power loading system that improves operator and patient safety by supporting the cot throughout the loading and unloading process. The new ambulance is also equipped with a cardiac monitor, refrigerator and state-of-the-art lighting package.
According to the department’s EMS Capt. Randy Belanger, with the new ambulance technology the department will be able to take EKG pictures of a patient that’s experiencing a heart attack or myocardial infarction and send the pictures directly to a hospital so they can activate a cardiac catheterization team for an immediate transfer of advance patient care upon the ambulance’s arrival to a hospital.
With the new ambulance, the department will be able to not only better serve Cohasset community members, but additional patients throughout the region in Hingham, Scituate, Hull and more communities during mutual aid responses.
“We appreciate the fact that we have residents and the Select Board who are behind us when we want to purchase things like a new ambulance or a new engine so that we can give the residents the best care and the best equipment that they deserve,” said Capt. Belanger.
The new ambulance was purchased using town funds that were approved at Town Meeting in the summer of 2020.
The new ambulance joins the department’s existing fleet and replaces an older model ambulance that has now been moved to the backline.