ME - Western Maine Health President and CEO
Timothy A. Churchill was pleased to announce the arrival
of the new PACE truck on Tuesday, December 19th.
Director Robert Hand, says of the new truck, "We're very
excited here at PACE to add a new ambulance to our
fleet. Aside from the fact that its always nice to
have a new vehicle, I think this speaks toward the
commitment Stephens Memorial Hospital has made to the
citizens we serve. Obviously we will save on fuel
and maintenance with this new vehicle, but it also means
a smoother, safer, and more reliable ride for our
customers in need."
just part of our overall long term vehicle replacement
plan, which means that we will continue to rotate newer
vehicles toward the front line in the coming years to
continue to ensure safe, reliable, and economically
sound vehicles. In the future, we expect to
be adding driver training systems to the ambulances,
similar to a black box on an aircraft. These
systems can measure forces applied to the trucks so that
we can gear training toward deficiencies we see in how
the vehicle are operated and protect our
investments. This is just one more part of our
plan to provide the best service we can for the towns in
Western Maine that we actively cover, and also the areas
we respond to for Paramedic Intercepts which are covered
by other ambulance services."
ambulance services in the state do employ similar safe
driving monitors. These monitors can observe
anything from speed to unsafe conditions, notifies the
driver allows adequate time to make adjustments to avoid
accidents. These monitors help to improve driver
safety, and notify of changes to the ambulance to catch
problems, which helps reduce maintenance costs of
Ambulance Service currently has 5 ambulances that serve
the Oxford County region that respond to over 3,000
calls annually. There are a minimum of 2
paramedics and 2 emergency medical technicians on duty
every shift 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine
Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.
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