The city rolled out a new ambulance Wednesday to help keep up with the growing amount of calls for help in the Roanoke Valley.
Staffing for the additional ambulance was approved by city council.
Medic 13 is now housed at Station 13 on Appleton Avenue Northwest.
The department now has nine 24-hour ambulances and two 12-hour ambulances to respond to 911 calls in the city.
“The City of Roanoke is committed to serving our citizens, residents and visitors with timely and professional emergency medical care. Roanoke Fire – EMS answers over 24,000 EMS calls each year, resulting in a decline of performance indicators related to EMS delivery. This decline drove the need for additional resources that were placed in service today, ” says Chief David Hoback