by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Newly appointed fire chief Ray Perez is hoping to put out some fires within his agency. With a constant shortage of ambulances to service the entire island, Perez intends to ask lawmakers for additional funding for preventative maintenance - specifically $40,000 for each vehicle.
He also wants to look at purchasing new ambulances that he believes are more efficient. He told KUAM News, "I know they're going to be purchasing some new ambulances and the specs have to meet the specs that they were cut for, but I'm going to ask that we purchase if we're going to go out and buy new ones, Pano Vans, being that it is cheaper and more cost effective rather than the Type 3 or box."
Understanding the government's cash situation, Perez says he wants to implement fees for the department that have already been drafted but need legislative approval. He also wants to upgrade the E-911 system that is antiquated and has experienced shutdowns in recent years.