Federal loan and grant will provide new ambulance in Johnson County

John Thompson • Nov 17, 2019 at 1:01 AM

MOUNTAIN CITY — A new ambulance for the hardworking fleet of the Johnson County Emergency and Rescue Squad has been brought about from a loan and grant from Rural Development of the United States Department of Agriculture.

The financing of the ambulance includes a $110,000 loan and a $50,000 grant. The funds will be used to purchase a new 2019 emergency vehicle.

The new ambulance will replace one of the existing ambulances in the fleet of the squad. The average lifespan for well-maintained vehicles is 10 years or greater. The Rescue Squad still has in operation two ambulances with ages beyond 10 years and greater than 300,000 miles.

Johnson County Mayor Kenneth “Mike” Taylor said this was good new for everyone in Johnson County. He said he sees the Johnson County ambulances making frequent trips to the Johnson City Medical Center. That puts a lot of miles on the Johnson County ambulances.

Taylor said that the USDA funding is significant because the Johnson County Emergency and Rescue Squad is completely self-sustaining, and unlike many emergency services in the region, it does not receive support from the county government.

The investment will allow the Johnson County Emergency and Rescue Squad to successfully continue emergency services inside the county limits.