Chelsea approves new fire transport unit, honors 9U baseball champions – Shelby County Reporter
By EMILY SPARACINO / Editor-in-chief
CHELSEA – Chelsea City Council has approved the purchase of a new fire transport unit and recognized a local youth baseball team for winning a state title at the July 20 council meeting.
Fire Chief Joe Lee said the new transport unit would allow him to designate the fire department’s oldest truck as a standby unit.
“This will be our fourth,” Lee said. “We have two that are on duty all the time. “
Lee said that from Jan. 1 to June 30, the department handled a total of 853 calls, of which 532 were medical calls and 358 resulted in a transport to hospital, for an average of 1.98 per day.
During the same period last year, the department received a total of 891 calls, of which 576 were medical calls and 377 were transportation.
“We’re only about 19 transports behind where we were last year,” Lee said. “It’s an average of 2.07 per day. On average each week, 14 people are transported to hospital from Chelsea. Our goal is to provide the best emergency services to the citizens of this city that we can, so every penny you put in us is what it will go for.
Lee said Chelsea Fire and Rescue is “ahead of the game” as it has its own transportation service, unlike other towns in the region.
“It’s not a way to make money, but it’s by far the best service you can offer your citizens,” he said. “We are in control as soon as we arrive at your home. You will climb into the back of a transport with two Chelsea paramedics and proceed to the hospital. We will be with you all the time. There is no doubt that transportation service is the way of the future that everyone will eventually be heading towards. “
During the mayor’s report, members of the Chelsea 9U baseball team received congratulatory certificates for winning a World Series title earlier this month.
As one of three teams participating in the Tournament of Champions, Chelsea went 1-1 in the pool and won three straight games by two points or less to win the title.
“(It was) an interesting year to say the least,” said head coach Tim Stanfield. “These guys have grown together about as well as any team I’ve ever seen. I am proud of them.