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Jacinto City gets new ambulance

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Fire Chief Rebecca Mier, City Manager Lon Squyres, Senator Sylvia Garcia, Jacinto City officials and citizens at ribbon cutting for the new ambulance. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – February 19, 2018 – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Jacinto City officials came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the acquisition of the city’s latest addition to their emergency fleet.

Lon Squyres, City Manager of the city and former fire chief said, “The new unit was purchased from Frazier Ambulance Company. The grant enabled us to purchase a state of the art unit made for the Gulf Coast climate. Rather than relying on a typical automotive AC system this unit has a 110V HVAC system powered by on board generator. In fact the generator provides primary power for the patient compartment, then the truck’s standard 12 volt system supplies back up power if needed. The stretcher is hydraulic so we don’t risk patient or staff safety trying to lift patients in to the unit. All lighting is LED so there is very little power drain on the unit.

“The ambulance cost was $165,000 but $90,000 was funded by a federal grant that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee located and secured. I would have loved to have this unit when I was young medic,” Squyres said.

Congresswoman Lee said, “Jacinto City now has a new ambulance with modern equipment that will provide for the well-being of city residents. This is an important asset to ensure their safety and security. It’s an example of government’s helping government’s.”

City Manager Squyres stated, “Our city deeply appreciates Congresswoman Lee’s assistance in securing the grant. In today’s world of budgetary constraints and ever increasing costs, this grant allowed our city to purchase this Mobile Intensive Care Unit that will serve our city and surrounding area without increasing the tax burden on our citizens.”

Allen Lee the city’s fire and police liaison councilman thanked Congresswoman Lee for helping the city acquire the modern 911 emergency ambulance.

Fire Chief Rebecca Mier said, “because of Congresswoman Lee and city officials working together the department now has a high technologically equipped emergency rescue unit that’ll provide citizens with the most advance life saving equipment on board.”