Canton Rescue Buying R.B. Lawrence AmbulancePosted: Updated:
This is what Canton Rescue Squad does best - answering 911 calls. But soon it could take on a new line of work. It wants to transport patients between local hospitals.
“We feel it's a perfect dovetail to our operation now. And we feel that this is just a perfect opportunity to serve both Canton and the St. Lawrence County,” said Michael Morgan, Canton Rescue Squad treasurer.
Canton Rescue has a deal to buy R.B. Lawrence Ambulance. They're waiting for state approval. Owner R.B. Lawrence thinks any difference patients notice will be for the better.
“I think they're going to be in good hands. I think the employees are going to be in great hands. I think they're going to be able to do, I mean Canton Rescue, more than I can,” he said.
Lawrence said a tragic accident that killed three of his employees in July 2017 definitely was a factor in prompting him to sell.
“To lose those people was just really, really tragic...because all the people that worked together here we all knew and were like a family. And so yes, it entered into it in a great deal of fashion,” he said.
Canton Rescue gets seven ambulances in the deal and about 10 full-time and a dozen part-time employees. Those stay at the current location. 911 service will still use the Canton firehouse.
Canton Rescue and R.B. Lawrence are both local institutions and both have a strong tradition of public service. Canton Rescue says that tradition of public service will continue with this deal.
The R.B Lawrence employees will be added to a staff of 80 volunteers and some paid employees at Canton Rescue. Altogether, the new service will provide more than 3,000 trips per year.