Old Faithful is taking its last trips for Warren County EMS.
“The state says it’s time to take Medic 8 off the road,” said EMS director Preston Denney to members of the county Safety Committee.
Commissioner Christy Ross asked, “Is this the one that’s called Old Faithful?”
“It is,” said Commissioner Ron Lee. “It’s going to be sad to see it go. It’s been a good ambulance. You could always depend on it.”
The ambulance was named after the geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and its eruption predictability.
Old Faithful at EMS is a 2003 Ford with more than 300,000 miles.
“It’s still a good-running truck,” said Denney. “It’s permitted for this year. After that, we’ll have to stop using it or we could sink a lot of money into it.”
State regulations encourage the replacement of ambulances when they reach 250,000 miles. Inspections become more frequent as the vehicle ages. At 230,000 miles, the state requires them to be inspected every 20,000 miles to make sure they are roadworthy.
Decommissioned vehicles are sold online or given to other county departments.
“Maybe we should give it a proper sendoff,” said Ross.
No action was taken on the suggestion, but a motion to give Denney permission to begin looking into a replacement once Medic 8 is retired was approved unanimously.