ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Since September of last year, Enterprise Rescue has taken on a heavier workload as they began covering all of Coffee County, except for Kinston.
With more ground to cover, combined with the rising cases in COVID-19, comes more emergencies to respond to.
“The call volume has been extremely high since COVID came in, and Enterprise Rescue is traveling a lot of extra miles transporting patients,” Coffee County 911 Director, Dean Blair said.
Ambulances like Enterprise Rescue are having to travel long distances just to find a hospital bed for patients, and the more miles they see, the more wear and tear their vehicles get.
“When you are transferring somebody, and you’ve got a lot of wear and tear the truck could break down, that would delay the treatment for the patient or probably out their life in danger,” Enterprise Rescue Captain, Anthony Cole said.
Cole says some of his trucks have traveled as far as Nashville, Tennessee, to transport patients, and he wants them to avoid any delays during their travel.
So with that in mind, Enterprise Rescue presented their concerns to the Coffee County Commission seeking their help.
The commission granted them $400,000 to go towards a new truck. With this new resource, Cole hopes to serve the county more efficiently.
“To be able to cover the county better, we’ve got more vehicles,” Cole said. “And once we have more, we’ll be able to spread out more in the county, and respond time will be much better.”