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The Times
  • Common Council tables action on ambulance purchase

  • The Little Falls Common Council will hold off on making a decision on whether to purchase a new ambulance for the city’s fire department.

    The council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to table a vote on the proposal until the city’s fire contracts have been worked out with the towns of Danube, Little Falls and Manheim.

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  • The Little Falls Common Council will hold off on making a decision on whether to purchase a new ambulance for the city’s fire department.
    The council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to table a vote on the proposal until the city’s fire contracts have been worked out with the towns of Danube, Little Falls and Manheim.
    Mayor Robert Peters said the purchase could be taken up by the council as soon as November.
    The city’s Police and Fire Board voted to recommend the purchase of the $144,097 ambulance to the Common Council in August. While Syracuse-based North Eastern Rescue Vehicles was the only dealership to submit a bid, fire Chief Rob Parese and assistant fire Chief William Dodge said they felt the bid was reasonable for a 2012 Chevrolet Type 1 ambulance with four-wheel drive.
    The Police and Fire Board in 2011 recommended the purchase of a $132,592 ambulance from North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, however, the Common Council voted to table action on the proposal.
    At the time, the purchase was referred to the council’s Finance Committee for future consideration.
    Since then, Parese said Ambulance 600 has been taken out of service due to issues with rust.
    If the new ambulance is purchased, he said Ambulance 601 would be used in a reserved role, while Ambulance 605 and the 2012 would be used as the department’s primary response ambulances.
    “We have had discussions with representatives from all three towns, but we are uncertain as to what two of the three towns are going to decide,” said Peters. “There is a need for a new ambulance, but the question is if the city can afford to purchase a new ambulance without the contracts from the towns. Once the towns have made a decision, then the city can look at how it will finance the purchase of an ambulance. The decision to table will give us more time to look at our options.”
    “The argument for the purchase of a new ambulance is solid and the information the chief has presented to us does show the department has a real need for an ambulance,” said First Ward Alderman Jeffrey Gressler. “The vote to table action on the purchase does not speak to the need for an ambulance, it just speaks to the need to wait until the towns decide on the fire contracts.”
    Parese said the fire department tries to purchase a new ambulance every five years to keep its fleet up to date. Ambulance 605 was purchased in 2007 and is the department’s newest ambulance.
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