Fort Kent emergency service adds new ambulance to fleet

FORT KENT, Maine – Ambulance Service Inc., based in Fort Kent, recently added a new ambulance to its fleet. 

The non-profit ASI provides emergency medical services to multiple St. John Valley communities, including Fort Kent, Allagash, St. Francis, St. John, Wallagrass, Eagle Lake, Winterville, New Canada, Cross Lake, Sinclair and Square Lake, in addition to surrounding unorganized territories.

“We are very excited to have a new ambulance that our staff can use to provide service to the area. There are features that are great for our staff as well as some things that can make a patient feel a lot more comfortable during a time of crisis,” ASI Assistant Director Joshua Belanger said. 

The new Demers Type III ambulance is mounted on a 2022 Ford E-450 chassis and has safety features such as high visibility reflective bumpers, LED emergency lights and LED work lights, as well as up-to-date interior equipment needed for patient care. 

ASI also purchased a new stretcher for the ambulance. 

Each year ASI’s fleet of five ambulances put on tens of thousands of miles each transporting patients. The organization recently sold two aging ambulances with a combined mileage of about 450,000 miles in preparation for the new ambulance delivery. 

The new ambulance is expected to last six to eight years, depending on mileage. At that time ASI will have the patient transport box remounted on a new chassis to spread the cost of ownership of the box over multiple cycles.

More than 30 ASI staff members provide 911 emergency services, support local LifeFlight of Maine operations and also transport medical and psychological patients to various hospitals and care facilities in Maine and nearby states.

“I can’t thank our personnel enough for their hard work and dedication to the people of the St. John Valley. They are missing birthdays, holidays, family, and friends to make sure people in need are taken care of,” Belanger said. 

Autotronics of Frenchville delivered the new ambulance just before Christmas.

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