There’s been plenty of back and forth for Sullivan County battling insurance companies over the county ambulance barn that was destroyed by fire nearly a year ago.
There’s still no resolution to rebuild the facility and emergency crews remain at a temporary location.
“Some of the challenges are, after the fire we pretty well lost everything,” Kenny Bogard said.
It’s been a long road for Sullivan County Ambulance director Kenny Bogard. Investigators say a vehicle manufacturer defect started the fire at the ambulance barn last year, consuming whatever was in its path except of course the drive of the ambulance crew.
“We were up and running again in 4 to 5 hours, covering the county,” Bogard said.
Thanks to ambulance vehicles on loan from other agencies. Crews now have two of the three vehicles replaced. Bogard gave me a tour of their temporary location, the old City Hall where crews have been since last April.
During our visit, crews promptly responded to a call. Their quick action caught the attention of an out of towner. Jeannie Friend, who didn’t want to go on camera, is from Indianapolis. She says she saw them respond to an apartment fire last month.
“The fire department here, responded that quick. They were moving and it was unreal, because I’m from a big, you know, Indianapolis big, to see them,” Friend said.
Jeannie says the rubble of the ambulance barn is the first thing she sees when coming into town.
“Come on, these people are vital to the city of Sullivan, why are they slowing them down, why don’t they put them back where they belong so they can save people, save lives.”
Jeannie visits a friend from Sullivan who’s been following the back and forth between county commissioners and the insurance company, who have not yet settled on an amount of money to rebuild.
Crews have been at City Hall since April, they look forward to settling back into their old location once a rebuild takes place. County commissioners will host a special meeting this Thursday to announce the latest with the insurance company.