North Whatcom Fire and Rescue welcomed back one of its own, as the ambulance involved in a February collision in south Birch Bay returned to the fleet.
The ambulance returned to service on Monday, September 10.
After being declared totaled, the ambulance was put out of commission and sent off to be rebuilt. Front-end damage required the vehicle to receive a new chassis, but the “box,” the main part of the ambulance, was salvaged and reused.
Repairs took around six months to complete and cost approximately $125,000. New ambulances, by comparison, cost between $140,000 and $150,000.
“It didn’t have any impact on our service,” division chief Henry Hollander said. North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Services has 13 ambulances. To ensure coverage, a back-up ambulance was transferred to the fire station on Odell Road in Blaine.
“The new ambulance is working great,” Hollander said.