Trappe Ambulance purchases twin van-style ambulances

Trappe Fire Co. No. 1 and Ambulance is pleased to announce the arrival of twins.

The organization welcomed a pair of 2013 Marque Squad 2 Type-II van-style twin ambulances in March for its Phoenixville Division, located at Phoenix Hose Co., 170 Church St., Phoenixville.

“A big factor for us to purchase van-style ambulances [rather than box-style ambulances] was the big cost savings,” stated Renee Sullivan, community outreach coordinator for Trappe Ambulance. “Each van costs $80,000. A box-style would have cost $160,000 each. This means a savings of $160,000 for residents.”

Another reason to purchase van-style, she pointed out, is the streets in Phoenixville Borough.

“Van-styled are smaller and easier to maneuver along the tight streets of the borough. They also have better traction in the winter.”

Trappe FC No. 1 and Ambulance depends on funds from grants, local government and residents to underwrite purchases and operating expenses.

“Residents have been particularly helpful with their participation in the company’s annual subscription drive,” said Clinton Tichnell, chief of operations for Trappe Ambulance. And, he added, the company expects their continued support will be helpful in meeting its next objective: the acquisition of rehabilitation equipment and supplies for the ambulances.

“Whenever the fire company gets a call — for vehicle rescues, house fires, hazardous material incidents or any other emergency — our ambulances also respond,” he said. “All these activities are very strenuous for firefighters. To assist them in staying healthy, we plan to stockpile bottled water, cooling mist fans, Gatorade, folding chairs, tents, heaters and other equipment and supplies. Some of the supplies will be carried on the ambulances and some will be stored at the station houses.”