Howard adds firetruck, ambulance

May 04, 2007|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun Reporter

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman put a new ambulance and fire engine into operation this week, enabling additional rescue teams to respond to emergencies in the county for the first time since 1994.

The county frequently purchases new fire equipment, but in recent years, the new trucks have replaced aging ones or were purchased only for special circumstances, such as a command post for major crises or a heavy rescue vehicle that helps firefighters extract people from damaged cars.

The ambulance and tower truck - a fire engine with a tall ladder - will operate out of stations in Columbia and Ellicott City, respectively. The ambulance is the county's 12th, the tower truck its fourth.

Ulman and council members Courtney Watson and Calvin Ball, whose districts will house the new equipment, attended a dedication ceremony Wednesday in Ellicott City.

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