ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — The city of Orange Beach is moving ahead with plans to provide better emergency medical treatment for residents and tourists.
During a medical emergency, time is of the essence. Now the city of Orange Beach plans to spend close to a million dollars to speed up that trip.
“If you were to call 911 for a medical emergency, this is the truck we would respond with,” says Orange Beach Fire Chief Justin Pearce.
Right now, that’s all first responders in Orange Beach can do, respond. But that’s about to change. “It has cardiac monitors, drugs everything we need to treat seriously ill patients. We just can’t get em from here to the hospital.”
The city council has given the go-ahead to spend 800 thousand dollars to buy two ambulances. The city is quick to point out the decision has nothing to do with the job performance of their current ambulance service Medstar. “It’s absolutely not a reflection against Medstar. Medstar is still in the picture. Medstar is still an ambulance service that depending on the number of calls at any given time once we get in that business they will be responding as well,” says city administrator Ken Grimes.
No one wants to take a ride in an ambulance but it may be a ride you can’t live without. “It’s giving us the complete and total care of patients in our community. When we have people that are sick or injured we are able to take care of them completely and totally,” says Pearce.
The ambulances will be ordered this week with delivery expected in about six months. They hope to have them rolling along the streets of Orange Beach by Memorial Day.