New ambulance on way for AP

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK — A new ambulance is on its way to the city after the City Council unanimously approved the $160,000 purchase.

“I know way more about this truck than I care to,” said Fire Chief Doug LaFond, who studied the truck thoroughly before suggesting the purchase.

LaFond ordered the truck from the lowest bidder, Kodiak Emergency Vehicles in Grand Ledge. The department is trading in an ambulance with 130,000 miles to the company for $7,500. That money already was taken off the price, leaving the total owed at $149,580.

LaFond said the department is trading in a medium-duty ambulance that is “nickel and diming” the department with maintenance costs.

“It’s time for it to go,” LaFond said.

The money for the ambulance was budgeted for in the 2016-17 budget. It will take 280 days for delivery.

“This truck is basically a twin for the (truck) we purchased last year with a grant,” LaFond said.

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