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Hall County adds 4 new ambulances into service
Hall County Fire Services celebrates the arrival of four new ambulances Friday with a traditional "push-in" ceremony.

Harking back to the era of horse-drawn transportation, Hall County Fire Services celebrated Friday the arrival of four new ambulances with a “push-in” ceremony.

“It’s a huge improvement to our fleet, and we’re very appreciative of those additions,” Capt. Zachary Brackett said.

The four ambulances are the second installment in the dozen vehicles approved in SPLOST VII, the special purpose local option sales tax. A similar ceremony was held in December for the first four ambulances pushed in to their respective bays.

“Those are anticipated to be delivered — the last four — in January,” Brackett said.

When pumper trucks were drawn by horses, firefighters couldn’t get the animals to back the rig into the fire station. Firefighters would push the apparatus back into the bay.

The ceremonies started at Station No. 10 in Gainesville. The fire staff then moved to the stations on East Crescent Drive and Sardis Road in Gainesville, as well as the location on Bark Camp Road in Murrayville.

“In addition to providing a higher level of service to our citizens, these new ambulances are also safer for our men and women in the field, providing better visibility when responding to accident scenes and other incidents that require them to be in the path of oncoming traffic,” Fire Chief Jeff Hood said in a news release.