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Local Medical Transport Company Outlines Safety Precautions

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Before Eagle Medical Services put their ambulances into service, it Is required to get a full inspection.

"Everything is checked before the ambulance has the first patient put in it and that's done daily," said Director Johnny Sexton.

Sexton said they pride themselves on their routine ambulance checks.

"Everything from oil, water, transmission fluid, tire tread depth on the tires, tire pressure all the safety equipment on the ambulance is looked at to make sure its functional," said Sexton.

According to Sexton, every morning crew members go through a log book to make sure everything is up to state code.

"Each ambulance service is required to show documentation to the department of health that the ambulance has been inspected everyday its been put in service," said Sexton.

He said all ambulances either publicly or privately owned are required to meet the same standards. Although Sexton said accidents can happen.

"Ambulances are a piece of mechanical equipment and they will fail you can take a brand new unit and still have trouble with it," said Sexton.

EMT David Stegall said no matter what happens on the road, they have one main goal.

"Make sure every evening is that these patients get to what they need to go and also are crew members get a chance to go home safe every night," said Stegall.