Washington Township (MI) Approves Ambulance Purchase

The Washington Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a new Type III Class A ambulance for the Washington Township Fire Department at its first meeting of 2014.

In April 2013, the township began the process of soliciting bids and information for the purchase of a new ambulance.

Township administrators and the department did their due diligence by coming up with a framework of specifications that Washington was looking for, holding pre-bid meetings to get input from department Capt. Robert Schmelzer and others, and going through the five bids submitted.

American Emergency Vehicles was chosen for several reasons, but the most significant was the price tag.

The township will pre-pay $150,667 for the smaller, more efficient unit. Pre-paying saved the township $1,715 and is a price that is also locked in for a year should the township plan on purchasing another ambulance, which township Clerk Kathy Bosheers confirmed it would do in the future.

The township received an “additional unit” discount for its commitment to buy another ambulance in the future, which in addition to the pre-payment discount knocked off almost $5,000 from the final price tag.

The board unanimously approved the purchase and will amend this year’s budget accordingly.

AEF, based out of Ohio, offered local references such as the Shelby Township and Warren fire departments, guaranteed delivery of the customized vehicle within 120 days, offered the best warranties and offered crash-testing data that was not required within specifications laid out by the department.

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