MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – A Chautauqua County ambulance totaled during a crash in January has been replaced thanks to a local volunteer fire department.
Back on January 13th, one person suffered a minor injury following a vehicle T-bone crash involving an ambulance just west of Jamestown.
At the time a Chautauqua County EMS Ambulance was responding to a medical call was struck by a SUV in the intersection of Fairmount and Dunham Avenues.
Town of Ellicott Police say an SUV failed to yield for the Ambulance, which was cross the intersection with lights and sirens activated.
Due to the extent of damages caused, this ambulance was totaled and taken out of service.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel credits the Fredonia Fire Department will selling their old ambulance to the county at a discounted rate of around $17,000.
“A lot of times, we don’t change the graphics,” explained Wendel. “We just remove Fredonia Fire and put CCEMS, sometimes even a magnet with not even our logo but just CCEMS on the side, and get it operational.”
He says new ambulance costs anywhere between $150,000 to $200,000. During the 2023 State of the County Address, Wendel also announced plans to purchase an additional ambulance to be added to the county’s fleet as well.