Long hard miles wear on a rig...
But no matter the conditions, the Velva ambulance, manned by stalwart volunteers, has made its way through on hundreds of emergency calls, carrying the most valuable of all cargo.
Velva resident Phyllis Howe says she counts the local ambulance service as a “blessing from God.”
“We used it twice on the farm, and they were wonderful,” she said. “I don’t know if everyone realizes what we have here. The people that do this are a Godsend. We have to do everything we can to keep what we have. We are so fortunate.”
But now, both the rig and its caretakers are showing signs of fatigue, and are looking to the people they serve for support.
“The rig has hard miles on it, and we need to trade it in while we can still get something for it,” said Rosie Vetter, treasurer for the volunteer ambulance crew.
Currently, the service’s main rig is a 2008 and the backup is a 2002 model. To get a new ambulance, the group will trade in the ‘08 truck to help finance a replacement.
And financing is needed: a new rig – bare bones with no cot, no supplies, just the truck – weighs in between $180,000 and $220,000.