Blaine County (ID) Delays Ambulance Purchase

Blaine County (ID) will not purchase a new ambulance this year, because of the sale of the Hall-Mark Fire Apparatus company.

The commissioners unanimously approved a fiscal year 2014 Ambulance District budget of $2,279,892.

The new ambulance will replace a 1997 Chevrolet stationed at the Greenhorn Fire Station that’s been having mechanical problems. The county has seven ambulances. Three are with the Ketchum Fire Department, three with Wood River Fire & Rescue and one with the Carey Fire Department.

An order for the new $160,000 ambulance was placed early this year, but was disrupted when the manufacturer was sold to another company.

The new parent company, Wheeled Coach, told the fire chiefs that it couldn’t afford to make the requested changes to the vehicle.

Postponing the purchase until next year will cost an additional $10,000-$12,000 due to more stringent vehicle standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

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