On Friday, the Appling County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) received two brand new ambulances. The new ambulances were built by Peach State Ambulance Company, of Tyrone, and built on a Chevrolet 4500 chassis. EMS Director Jimmy Twiggs, shown above center with paramedics Andrew Kersey and LaShaun NeSmith, stated that the new ambulances were badly needed and will serve the people of Appling County for many years to come.
The ambulances cost $114,000.00 each and the health care system was able to take advantage of a special lease to own municipal financing agreement at a low interest rate to purchase the two new vehicles. The two ambulances being replaced are a 2001 with 190,000 miles and the other is a 2006 with 108,000 miles. EMS averages 1,850 patient contacts annually, including 375 out of town transfers with approximately 68,000 travel/response miles for the department per year.