The Mad River Valley Ambulance Service is getting a new rig! As part of the volunteer ambulance service's commitment to improving equipment and quality emergency care, MRVAS is taking delivery of a new four-wheel-drive ambulance later this month, according to service spokesperson Erik Reisner.

With this addition, the MRVAS fleet will include two four-wheel-drive and one two-wheel-drive ambulances as well as a four-wheel-drive rescue truck. The ambulance that is being replaced is a 1997 Ford E-350 diesel two-wheel-drive with 121,000 miles. 

The retired ambulance will be raffled off as a fundraiser. A maximum of 100 tickets will be sold. Full refunds will be given if less than 60 tickets are sold. The rig, it is suggested, might make a great vehicle for a general contractor, could be converted into a camper or may have many other potential uses such as a veterinarian's rig, transport for dogs in a doggy daycare or sled dogs, someone working in property management or even a sag or support wagon for bike or ski racing. The service last raffled off a used rig in 2006.

The vehicle comes with two complete sets of wheels/tires (winter and summer). All emergency equipment, lights, radios, siren and MRVAS logos will be removed from the vehicle. Tickets are available by calling 496-8888 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The rig can be viewed at the ambulance station in Waitsfield Village.

The Mad River Valley Ambulance Service is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that relies on a combination of grants and donations to continually improve equipment and training opportunities.