Bogota (NJ) Moves Forward with Ambulance Purchase

The Bogota Borough Council accepted a bid for a new ambulance truck to replace one of its current trucks by a 4-2 vote.

Bogota received one bid from Horton Emergency Vehicles, an Ohio-based company that also built the 10-year-old ambulance that is currently in service in Bogota. The total price of the bid is $227,557.

Jackson said that five companies came and picked up the bid specification and only one responded. He said that he was hoping for more than one bid and that the specification that was put forward was not a proprietary specification. The specification is what is known as a mirror to the other ambulance that serves the borough.

“Looking at this bid, it comes in $13,000 under what we budgeted for,” Jackson said. “It’s a good solid truck; it’s currently what we have now, so it makes it a lot easier when it comes to maintenance and servicing.”

In documenting the dire need for a new ambulance, Jackson said that the ambulance has continued to break down in recent weeks and that the 19-year-old ambulance is well past its life expectancy of approximately 10 years.

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