County buys ambulance

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Allen County commissioners bought a new ambulance Tuesday morning for $122,895. The unit will be delivered in June and stationed in Humboldt.
Allen County has four ambulances, two in Iola and one each in Moran and Humboldt. Those in Moran and Humboldt make most patient transfers to metropolitan hospitals.
The Moran unit is called least often for emergencies and may be made available for runs into western Bourbon County. Jason Nelson, Emergency Medical Services director, said he would contact Bourbon County officials about responding to emergencies there. All Bourbon County ambulances are stationed in Fort Scott and are 20 minutes or more from Bronson and other western Bourbon County destinations. The Moran ambulance could be on scene in half that time or less, Nelson said. Nelson also will develop financial estimates for the expansion.
Nelson said he had made application for an 80-20 grant from the Board of Emergency Medical Services in Topeka to purchase four heart monitors, costing $112,000 altogether, for county ambulances. The county’s cost would be $22,400.
“With the monitors we’d be in contact with the hospital from the time we arrived on a scene,” he said.
Nelson also noted that during the Christmas Eve snowstorm, Terry McDonald of TJ’s Towing extracted an ambulance and sheriff’s vehicles from snow drifts.
“He also cleared snow from the apron of the Iola (ambulance) station,” Nelson said.

COMMISSIONERS approved purchase of a sign and shirts for the dispatch center, officially the Allen County Critical Response Center, from Hawk Business Specialties, Iola. The sign, with nine-inch letters, will cost $1,590, while 30 shirts with the center’s logo will cost about $20 each.
Angie Murphy, dispatch center director, said she had received certification from the Kansas Highway Patrol recognizing the center’s new location at 410 N. State St., in transfer from City Hall, and permitting maintenance of sensitive criminal records there. The center is expected to open later this month.