Local ambulance provider wins statewide award for excellence
FORT KENT, Maine — The Maine EMS Board awarded Ambulance Service Inc. of Fort Kent with its 2018 Maine EMS Excellence Award.
The non-profit ASI provides ambulance service to much of the St. John Valley, responding to an average of 1,200 calls per year, according to ASI Director John Labrie.
“We have a very large territory; we cover from Allagash to Cross Lake to Fort Kent to Winterville, so we cover a fairly significant territory, including the North Maine Woods,” Labrie said Thursday.
ASI has six ambulances and more than 30 staff members including, four paid paramedics and 20 volunteer emergency medical technicians.
“It’s quite an honor to receive the award; it’s not often we get the recognition here in The County,” Labrie said.
Labrie and ASI employees Joshua Belanger and Rebecca Brown attended an awards ceremony at the Maine State Capitol Hall of Flags where they accepted the honor on Wednesday, May 23, accompanied by state Rep. John Martin, who also is president of ASI.
“I know in the last few years we’ve been looked at from different people in the communities who wanted to have our services improved and we worked toward that and we’re glad that’s not only been seen locally but statewide as well,” Labrie said.