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The Times
  • Purchase of new ambulance to be taken up by Common Council

  • The members of the Little Falls Police and Fire Board on Monday night voted unanimously to recommend the purchase of a new ambulance to the city’s Common Council.

    With the board accepting fire Chief Rob Parese’s recommendation, it will now be up to the council to determine if the city can afford $144,097 for the purchase of a Type 1 four-wheel drive ambulance.

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  • The members of the Little Falls Police and Fire Board on Monday night voted unanimously to recommend the purchase of a new ambulance to the city’s Common Council.
    With the board accepting fire Chief Rob Parese’s recommendation, it will now be up to the council to determine if the city can afford $144,097 for the purchase of a Type 1 four-wheel drive ambulance.
    While two dealerships requested bid packages from the fire department, Parese said Syracuse-based North Eastern Rescue Vehicles submitted the lone bid. In remarks to the board, Parese and assistant Chief William Dodge said they felt the bid was reasonable for the ambulance’s specifications.
    “When we bid out the new ambulance last year, the price to purchase it was $132,592 for a 2011. The price of this ambulance is in line for what a 2012 model should cost,” said Parese.
    North Eastern Rescue Vehicles also submitted the accepted bid for the 2011 ambulance, the purchase of which was tabled by the Common Council in June 2011. At the time, the proposed purchase was referred to the council’s Finance Committee for consideration and added discussion.
    “Since then, Ambulance 600 has been taken out of service due to issues with rust. Our other ambulances — 601 and 605 — are a 2002 and a 2007 and both are getting older,” said Parese. “The department tries to purchase a new ambulance every five years to keep the fleet up to date.”
    He added if the new ambulance is purchased, 601 would be used in a reserved or emergency role, with 605 and the 2012 Chevrolet used as the department’s primary response ambulances.
    “Ambulance 601 has had its transmission replaced. It has also broken down while responding to a non-emergency call. The purchase of a new ambulance will allow the department to move 601 to the third position and use the newer ambulances to keep the fleet current and reliable,” said Parese.
    While Mayor Robert Peters agreed the city’s fire department has a need for a new ambulance, he said if one is purchased, he would like to see it taken care of than Ambulance 600.
    “The department needs the ambulance, but it also needs to take better care of the ambulances it has. There’s routine maintenance and then there’s maintenance to prevent rust,” he said. “When an ambulance starts to show signs of rust, something should be done to prevent it from getting to the point where holes form. I would like to see a little more preventative maintenance on the fleet.”
    In other business Monday night, police Chief Michael Masi said the department’s new Ford Interceptor Utility is in service, adding he has been impressed with the vehicle so far.
    “It looks sharp and it performs well,” he said. “It’s smaller than the Chevy Tahoe, the Ford Expedition and the Ford Explorer, yet it has room for the officers to get in and out comfortably. It also is an all-wheel drive vehicle, which I like. For a first year model, it’s a good vehicle.”
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