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New ambulance in service at Utica

Posted by wlpo on July 13, 2014

A $180,000 ambulance is in service barely 24 hours after it arrived at the Utica Fire Department.  During the ice cream social Saturday night, Chief Ben Brown laid a plaque inside the vehicle. 

The plaque honors the late Shelba Bimm who died in April 2013.  Bimm was a 30-year department veteran, started the ambulance service and oversaw fundraising for the new ambulance.  Brown told Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO the ambulance is state of the art and even includes airbags for the patient and personnel in case of an accident.

Brown says the next project is replacing extrication tools used in accidents along I-39 and 80.  The ambulance arrived Friday.

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