By John Schaffner

For months rumors have been floating around Brookhaven that DeKalb Fire Rescue was going to move the advanced life support (ALS) team from Station 2 on Dresden Drive to Dunwoody as part of the county’s commitment to servicing that new city, leaving only a basic life support (BLS) team at Station 2.

“That is absolutely not true,” DeKalb Fire Rescue public information officer Capt. Eric L. Jackson told the Brookhaven Reporter.

In fact, Capt. Jackson said Fire Station 2 will be getting one of 11 brand new recue ambulances that county has just received, which he said will be a great improvement over the old ambulance that has been located at Station 2 and provide for enhanced emergency medical service to the Brookhaven area.

He said the new ambulance should be in service at Station 2 within a week and a half to two weeks.

The new ambulance, built by Braun Ambulance Industries of Van Wert, Ohio, cost more than the previous old Ford ambulance that has been located at Station 2, but the truck is built on a heavier-duty chassis and is expected to have a service life of seven years. The service life of the previous ambulances, which have been suffering through serious mechanical issues, was three years, according to Jackson.

“The purchase of these trucks will save the citizens of DeKalb County more than $165,000 annually for the next seven years,” said Fire Chief David Foster. “In addition, the rugged design and capabilities will enhance the ability to provide fire suppression and emergency medical services.”

“With an eye towards the tight economy and an increase in call volume, the Fire Rescue Department has closely scrutinized its core mission and will increase the number of on-duty ambulances from 19-25,” according to a department statement. “These additional ambulances will be staffed with existing firefighters and fire medics.”