Petersburg residents concerned over shortage of EMS vehicles

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -- Petersburg city officials confirm there are two emergency vehicles that are in need of repair, but say residents shouldn't worry about their ability to respond to emergencies.

Offcials say two emergency vehicles - one fire truck and one ambulance - are out of commission.

"I have had to call 911 many occasions for my mother who is sick and unable to do anything for herself, so I would be very disturbed if she needed medical attention and they didn't respond in a timely manner," Petersburg resident Carolyn Claiborne told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams.

Amid a major financial crisis,the City of Petersburg ended its contract with the company it hired to fix city vehicles. Now, officials say repairs are done in-house. However, they wouldn't confirm who is responsible for repairing city vehicles but did confirm that the vehicles in question are being worked on.

The Petersburg Fire Department has four fire stations total. Officials say the department averages about one fire every other day and has six fire trucks total. They say the station also has two trucks in reserve status.

"In the event that  there is an emergency situation, we would want to have some peace of mind knowing that our emergency teams like your fire department and your ambulance have the proper equipment to be able to handle whatever situation could occur," added another local resident who asked to remain anonymous.

Officials say the department also partners with Southside Virginia Emergency and other agencies that they can borrow vehicles from if necessary.

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