Ky. ambulance catches fire during interstate run

The EMS agency was already replacing two trucks, but this ambulance wasn't one of them


By Melinda J. Overstreet
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW, Ky. — After an alternator on an ambulance caught fire while the truck was making a nonemergency run to a Nashville hospital, the board of directors for Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services is looking at its options for repairing or replacing mechanical components.

Just less than two weeks ago, Ambulance 507 was near the 33 mile-marker on Interstate 65 when the driver saw smoke, turned off the engine and found flames under the hood of the vehicle, Gibson said.

The truck happened to have three people working on it that day, with a paramedic student joining the usual crew. The driver put out the fire with an extinguisher as the other two got the patient – a child Gibson said he thinks was 14 months old – and the family member riding with them far from the ambulance, he said, adding he was proud of how the service’s personnel responded quickly to the circumstances.

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