Team starts long drive to Honduras in an ambulance

A small town in Central America, Tela, Honduras, to be precise, will take ownership of a 2001 Type 1 Road Rescue Ambulance in the next few weeks. Thanks to the Saint Michaels College Rescue Squad, the vehicle was donated to that town and is now being transported by James Mount of Colchester Rotary on the first leg of a 1,000-plus mile long trip between Vermont and Honduras. The arrangements and the trip have been brokered by members of the Colchester-Milton Rotary, and Shelburne Rotary, whose Hands to Honduras program, is part of the endeavor that will land the gift vehicle in the right hands. A previous Saint Michaels ambulance gift was delivered several years ago to Choloma, Honduras, also thanks to arrangements made by the Rotary. James Mount and two other Rotary members, took possession of the vehicle on Thursday, April 3, to begin the drive to the port of Miami where it will be loaded on a freighter for shipping to Honduras. Its a serviceable road ambulance, said Peter Soons, Saint Michaels director of safety and security, and chief of Saint Michaels Fire and Rescue Squads. The ambulance, worth about $15,000, was rotated out of the Saint Michaels fleet when a new vehicle came into their rotation in July of 2007. The Squad maintains two road-ready ambulances at the Saint Michaels Station on Route 15 opposite the college campus. The gift to the town of Tela was approved by the SMC Fire & Rescue Board of Directors in January. The student-run Saint Michaels Fire & Rescue Squads recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Currently 60 SMC students are members of the squads, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Rescue Squad answers over 2,700 calls a year, serving the campus and four area communities as well as a portion of Interstate 89. The Fire Squad answers some 500 calls a year as a battalion of the Colchester Center Fire Department.

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