Athens County EMA Acquires Retired Ambulance

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Athens County is now more prepared in the event of an emergency, thanks to the local 911 center.

The center has donated a retired EMS ambulance to the Athens County Emergency Management Agency.

The truck will be used as a public information tool. The ambulance carries radios with AM transmitters that can put out information to community members within five miles of the truck's location.

Fred Davis, director of EMA, says the extra tool comes at a good time.

"In the days with modern technology and the way it is — we have to get our information out as quickly as possible but it has to be accurate information and that's why the PIO network is very important in this case," Davis said.

The broadcasts will include anything from tornado warnings to flu shot reminders.