Mass. EMS Agency Receives Brand New Fleet
Wicked Local South/Mariner, Marshfield, Mass.
Nov. 12—PLYMOUTH—They are brand new, state of the art, though Brewster Ambulance was not required to upgrade its existing fleet. "It is," Fire Chief Ed Bradley said this week, "the owners showing their commitment to the residents of Plymouth."
Tuesday afternoon Brewster Ambulance replaced all four of its Plymouth-based ambulances with brand-new units at a cost of $224,000 each.
Town Manager Melissa Arrighi publicly thanked Brewster that night at the Board of Selectmen meeting.
"Both the chairman and I went down to Water Street today to support Mark Brewster of Brewster Ambulance, who has made a huge commitment to the Town of Plymouth," Arrighi said. "They are state-of-the-art ambulances, completely outfitted, cost about $220,000 each, and I just wanted to publicly thank him and express what a great job Brewster Ambulance is doing for our community."
Chairman Ken Tavares concurred.
"I was able to talk to the principals of the company today and it is significant that there are now four brand-new ambulances which are going to really be able to effectively service this community," he said. "Many times we concentrate on what is wrong, and oftentimes something that is right doesn't get elevated to the level that it should."
Then Tavares told a personal story.
"Back in 1971 we didn't have an ambulance service, we didn't have ambulances at all, and a relative of mine, my grandmother, in fact, suffered a heart attack," he said. "I was called to the house, and then the police station wagon showed up.
"They were able to get her into the back of the station wagon, and the police officer said, 'give her oxygen.' I had never done that in my life, and a couple of hours later at the Jordan she died.
"Today, I thought, what a turnaround. They have everything in these new ambulances, everything to take care of people before they get to the hospital. For me this was a very personal experience and a chance to say thank you to a company that has made an investment of close to a million dollars in our community."
Brewster now provides full-time service from four fire stations in town: West Plymouth, Manomet, Cedarville and Pinehills. Each ambulance is staffed round-the-clock with two paramedics.
Fire Chief Ed Bradley said the upgrades came a year earlier than expected. He thought the old ambulances would stay in service for five years, but Brewster said he likes to upgrade municipal ambulances every four years.
Brewster said the new ambulances include updated versions of standard equipment like heart monitors and stretchers. The ambulances are built on the same Ford chassis, but the interior has been designed to give clinicians improved access to patients.
"The town has been a great partner. We're hoping to be partners for many years," he said.