PCAD to purchase 10th ambulance

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors voted to purchase an additional ambulance and outfit a spare ambulance. The board had previously considered purchasing two new ambulances, but decided to split the costs rather than incur a one-time expense.

The new ambulance will allow an older PCAD ambulance to be used as a reserve, ensuring there is a back-up in case all vehicles are in use or if an ambulance is in for maintenance or repairs.

“Looking at Johnson County Ambulance District, they have about 1.5 reserve ambulances for every two ambulances they run,” said PCAD Interim Administrator Eric Dirck said. “This would be our long-term goal, so I think beginning to purchase these new ambulances is a step in the right direction.”

Board members were initially concerned at the price of two ambulances totaling approximately $378,000 which does not include an additional $80,000 to stock the medical equipment and supplies needed. The board ultimately decided to purchase and stock one ambulance now and purchase the additional ambulance in six months at a cost of approximately $189,000.

The board also voted to approve an $80,000 expense to stock the current reserve ambulance, Medic 6, otherwise known as “old blue.” This ambulance was the first the district purchased and is not currently “turn-key.”

“My main concern is not being able to run a call because a reserve ambulance is not stocked and ready to go,” Dirck said. “If old blue is stocked we’ll be that much more prepared for a call, if it’s needed.”

Finally, the board approved a measure to begin the search for a new District 1 Board Director to replace previous director Dave Clippert, who moved out of the area last month. Those interested should contact District Headquarters at 829-0777.

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