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Marlboro County Rescue getting new ambulances

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MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Marlboro County Rescue is set to have three brand new ambulances. The current ambulances are almost ten years old with close to 200,000 miles on them, but that’s not the only reason the Bennettsville station purchased three custom made ambulances.

There hasn’t been a local hospital in Bennettsville for almost a year now. Most of the trauma emergency calls have to be transferred to McLeod in Florence, which is a 45-minute drive.

Crew Chief Paramedic, Joey Brown says the new ambulances will be just the right size for the long drive. “We’re able to have more people in the back, more paramedics for cardiac arrest, the people we put on the ventilator and carry to Florence with a 45-minute drive, you need the extra room and the extra hands," Brown said. He says even with the bigger size, all of the equipment will be in arms reach to cater to the needs of the paramedic and the patient.

Larry Cutchin, Advanced EMT says, “It's going to be amazing seeing these big trucks rolling through here and I think everyone is going to be excited, I know the medics are (haha) we’re just looking for the future, building constantly...It’s a team effort I mean its hard doing it by yourself, saving lives and making difference.”

Marlboro County Rescue relies on grant funding, so it's been a long time coming to buy these new trucks. EMS reached out to a custom body works shop in Georgia to build the patient care units, which will be on the back of diesel 550 ford trucks.

“Just overjoyed you know we are a super rural county and now to getting custom built the way we want it to better serve the community is just a blessing we’re extremely proud of these," Brown said.

EMS tells me they respond to an average of 5,000 calls in one year, and they hope to have the three new ambulances by January.

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