WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Emergency Medical Services will soon have a new ambulance, thanks to announces a grant of more than $87,000 funded through a matching grant from the Florida Department of Health.

Allocated through the FDOH EMS trust fund, officials state the grant's purpose is to improve EMS services by providing an opportunity of expansion.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews state he "greatly appreciates" Washington County EMS Director Randy Truette and Paramedic Supervisor Seamus O’neill, whom he praises for working diligently in writing this competitive grant.

"This grant, which is state funded, can be difficult to obtain due to limited funds," said Sheriff Crews in a press release. "Truette and O’neill were able to effectively put a grant together that received an award of a 75/25 match, with a total budget amount being $117,000. This grant will provide $87,750 with the WCEMS matching $29,250 towards the purchase."

“Supporting our local EMS department is critical to the safety and protection of our community," he added. “Our county residents should have the most up to date and responsive care available to them, and this grant will greatly improve the ability to do that. We are elated to receive this award and grateful for the ability to bring a new ambulance to our county to better serve our citizens.”