By CALVIN PYNN
The Radford Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services are now using two new, grant funded vehicles for their daily operations.
The Fire Department purchased a 2014 Ford F-250 Crew Cab, to be used in fire operations within Radford and for Haz-Mat operations within eight surrounding counties. The truck was funded entirely by grant money from a State Homeland Security Grant.
The grant was distributed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to all 11 Haz-Mat teams within Virginia, according to Radford city public information coordinator Jenni Wilder.
The Ford F-250 comes equipped with all the items needed for firefighter accountability at fire scenes. It also has all the equipment necessary to start the clean-up process at a small spill Haz-Mat site, Wilder said.
Radford Emergency Medical Services purchased a new ambulance, paid half by RSAF grant money, with the rest being matched by the city. The ambulance is a four-wheel drive Ford F-450, which comes equipped with all the latest safety features and equipment.
The ambulance includes temperature control medicine boxes, as well as a solar panel on top that is used to heat the ambulance in the Winter and take out the excess heat in the Summer. The ambulance service is operated by Carilion and is already in use.
It will continue to be used to transport and care for medical emergency patients.