Tippecanoe County Health Department Receives New Mobile Unit

West Point Volunteer Fire Department's former ambulance will serve as the Tippecanoe County Health Department's new mobile unit.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 5:37 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 10:02 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County Health Department has a new way to provide medical screenings.

They accepted the West Point Volunteer Fire Department's former ambulance as a new mobile unit.

The fire department recently ordered a new ambulance but wanted the old ambulance to continue to benefit the community.

The new mobile unit went into service this past weekend during OUTfest. HIV tests were provided to more than 40 people.

Health Department Executive Assistant Amanda Balser said the unit is beneficial to providing these types of tests.

"When we do HIV testing, we have to have it at a certain temperature. We can't test if it's too hot or too cold. So since the ambulance has heat and AC it works perfect for that,” said Balser.

Balser added that the mobile unit will provide multiple services.

"We'll be able to use it in the community for shots, a mobile shot clinic. We'll be able to use it for community outreach events,” said Balser.

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