HALE CENTER, TX (KCBD) - It's out with the old and in with the new, a new ambulance that is.
Hale Center EMS purchased the 2010 Dura-max Ambulance a little more than a month ago. Before the new one, the two ambulances they had were 13 and 21 years old. Now they won't have to worry about equipment breaking down or problems getting calls.
The new ambulance also has some upgrades like a power lift cot, oxygen bottle lift and a high tech heart rate monitor.
"We needed it so bad since we are so far from a hospital that our en-route care is going to be more crucial then a lot of places where it may only be a few minutes to get to the hospital," says Brian Moon with the Hale Center EMS.
The ambulance cost $126,000. Hale Center EMS was able to purchase it through FEMA grants and local fundraisers.