GC EMS Department adds new ambulance to its arsenal

Ambulance Chief Dwight Gliem (right) and Paramedic Erica Martens (left) show off the GC EMS department's new ambulance - in spartan maroon and black. (Michaela Kendall/The Grundy Register photo)

GRUNDY CENTER - About a year ago, the Grundy Center EMS Department received approval from the City to purchase a new ambulance to replace one of the department’s aging, 26-year-old trucks.

 

Last month, the new truck arrived at the shop, and now, the department is ready to show off their new rig during this year’s Felix Grundy Festival grand parade.

 

GC Ambulance Chief Dwight Gliem says the department decided on a new truck due to the age of the old truck, and increasing call volumes.

 

“Our call volumes have increased a lot, and with more calls, we want to make sure we have dependable trucks on the road,” said Gliem. “Our old truck was 26 years old, so it was just time for a new one.”

Gliem says call volumes have more than doubled in the last three years.

 

“We went from 550 calls, to being on track to 1,100 calls this year,” he said.

 

Read the full story in this week's Grundy Register. Subscribe by calling (319) 824-6958 or clicking here.