by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Guam Fire Department only has five ambulances in operation to respond to emergencies around the island. As for the rest of the fleet, three are currently being repaired at the department's Maintenance Shop, one is at vendor Triple J, another is at Morrico and two are being evaluated at the Guam Community College.
GFD Spokesperson Captain Andy Arceo says the department has been utilizing the $200,000 that was identified to repair inoperable medic units. "There's about $90,000 to $95,000 left. The other parts of the $200,000 has gone to repairs to keep the fleet that's online out there right now," he said. "The $95,000 is actually earmarked for parts and labor for some of the other ambulances that are in the shop."
The fire department meanwhile is waiting to hear back on their applications for federal grant money for the purchase of new ambulances.