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Only 4 ambulances up and running

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The number of ambulances available to service the entire island dropped to four today. Guam Fire Department spokesperson Joey San Nicolas says the only medics running today are stationed in Tamuning, Barrigada, Inarajan and Agat, which leave the more populated areas like Yigo and Dededo without working ambulances.

While San Nicolas says the units are waiting for parts, he admits GFD is also experiencing problems with its fire trucks. "Just as much as our ambulances, our fire trucks are also experiencing mechanical problems, which they have from time to time and they are at where they need to be with parts on order. What we're doing in the meantime is we have supplied these stations, and at this point only two are affected with first responder units capable of providing first aid service," San Nicolas explained.

If you're wondering whatever happened to GFD charging ambulance fees, evidently that's still not occurred; GFD now says they hope to begin charging in January.

Late this afternoon San Nicolas said that two additional medics were back up and running.

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