The former ambulance has been repainted and lettered so it is identifiable as the coroner’s vehicle. Poe said the lights will help with safety and visibility on busy roadways like Interstate 22 and Highway 78 when there are traffic accidents or pedestrian fatalities, and it will also enable him to transport multiple bodies, if that need arises.
The current coroner’s van has very minimal lights on it and offers limited space for transport.
The former ambulance was retired from RPS’s rotation because of its high mileage, although RPS co-owner David Waid said the model was very reliable and should remain in good working order for some time to come.
He said the company routinely retires ambulances or moves them to back-up duty every three years in order to ensure the reliability of the emergency fleet. He said those retired vehicles are often donated to places that can use them in a non-emergency capacity, such as the coroner’s office
Poe said he was grateful for the donation and the active role RPS has taken in Walker County.
“RPS is always supportive of us and the entire community, and we are very appreciative of them,” Poe said. “They also play a huge role in the EMS community.”