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PACE Acquires New Ambulance

NORWAY, 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. 

PACE 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." 

This is 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."

Other 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 fleets.

PACE 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. 

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at

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