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Fire department receives ambulance through grant
Vehicle will bolster emergency response
Ambulance Forsyth
Forsyth County Fire Department has added an ambulance through a recent grant. - photo by Submitted
The Forsyth County Fire Department has added an ambulance to its fleet through a grant from St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens.

Fire Chief Danny Bowman said in a statement that the department sought the grant in an effort to help maintain its ability to serve the county’s growing need for emergency services.

“The primary objective in applying for this ambulance was to have a county-owned vehicle that meets all Georgia Department of Human Resources and Region 2 EMS Council guidelines as applies to the county’s transport license,” he said.

“We will now have the ability to secure our transport license with a county-owned vehicle rather than have it tied to a lease vehicle from a contract provider.”

The county has a contract with local ambulance service provider Forsyth County Emergency Medical Services through Advanced Ambulance.

The newly acquired vehicle will be able to assist during major accidents or medical emergencies.

It will also be used by the department’s training division for training and recertification of emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

Bowman said the department is grateful for the grant.

St. Mary’s awarded eight ambulances to agencies and departments throughout Georgia.