PITTSBURG — Crawford County EMS sought new ambulances and three support vehicles during a Crawford County Commission meeting on Tuesday.
The proposal includes two ambulances, two remounted ambulances and three new utility vehicles. The estimated cost of the vehicles and equipment is $791,336.
The remounted ambulances help keep the cost down, EMS Director Randy Sandberg said.
According to the proposal, Crawford County EMS currently has a “budgeted expenditure of $185,000 annually ($130,000 for remount and $55,00 for a previous lease purchase).”
Sandberg said all except three of the current ambulances have over 100,000 miles on them and the millage increases over time, as well as wear and tear.
“This year is especially bad, from running to other hospitals … calls are 100 over the highest we’ve ever had at this time of the year,” Sandberg said to the commissioners.
The commissioners moved forward on the ambulances and replacing a three-quarter ton truck with plans for discussion on the other two support vehicles at a later date, with Commissioners Jeff Murphy and Tom Moody in agreement and Commissioner Carl Wood in disagreement.
“I know the fleet is in rough shape, but this could make the budget spike,” Moody said.
Moody asked Sandberg if he thought the budget could support the expense, in which Sandburg replied “yes.”
“On paper you can see we won’t have any problems,” Sandberg said to the commissioners.
Wood said he was not in favor of it and he would like to see the proposal scaled back.
“I think that the proposal, I’m not in favor of it I think we need to scale it back,” Carl Wood said. “I just can’t see it, I’m not against buying new trucks.”
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