Press Release - For Immediate Release
For Additional Information Contact: William Gould, Fire Chief
April 24, 2020
Swanzey Fire Department Puts Ambulance into Service for Backup Coverage
The Town of Swanzey is pleased to announce that the Fire Department has put a transport capable ambulance into active service. The Board of Selectmen authorized the purchase of this used vehicle at their meeting on April 1, 2020 for up to $55,000 from available capital reserve funds. The Board made this purchase at the recommendation of the Fire Chief and Emergency Medical Response Coordinator in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic and State of Emergency declared by Governor Sununu in March. Due to this unprecedented public health emergency and a projected increase of EMS calls in the region, the Town decided it was in the interest of the public safety of the Town’s residents to add a backup transport vehicle. The Board of Selectmen will review the operational impact of having an ambulance in October during the 2021 budget process.
The R.J. DiLuzio Ambulance Service provides the Town’s primary ambulance coverage and all contractual and operational agreements with Mutual Aid Departments remain in effect. The SFD Ambulance, now known as 27- A1, will serve in a vital role if needed to transport patients in the event the contracted ambulance service is unable to do so.
“I am extremely proud of all the members of the SFD, especially Captain Brandon West, Captain Eric Mattson and Deputy Chief Mick Sanchez as these members were instrumental in making this happen. The SFD strives to serve the citizens and visitors of Swanzey with
the utmost professionalism and the highest level of care we can provide. This ambulance will allow us to do that in this time of need. I want to sincerely thank the Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael Branley and the Keene Fire Department for their assistance, continued support and strong cooperation allowing us to move forward,” said Fire Chief William Gould.