MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Nodaway County Ambulance District board approved the purchase of a new ambulance chassis at its regular meeting last week.
After some discussion, the board voted 4-1 to purchase a gasoline-fueled Ford E-450 2019 Type III chassis as a mount for an existing ambulance. The purchase was approved for $134,707.97.
The board had debated between that chassis and another bid for an F-450 2020 Type I diesel-fueled model at $169,637.60. Bill Florea, director of operations, said that the staff generally preferred the Type III because it provided a smoother ride. Rick Allen, the board representative from District 1, was the lone dissenting vote. Scott Walk was absent.
Allen said he voted against the purchase because he was more familiar with the diesel model, and thought it would likely last longer and result in lower maintenance costs over the length of its life than the gasoline-fueled Type III.
Other NCAD news
- The appreciation dinner for rescue squad members across the district was held at district headquarters in Maryville on Oct. 7.
- Narcan training for rescue squad members has been completed for those who will undergo the trainings, and the drug was distributed to two more squads before the board’s last meeting in September — Burlington Junction and Tri-C.
- The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office participated in Narcan training as well.
- The new hydraulic extraction tools purchased this summer were received last month by the Maryville Rescue Squad, and a district-wide training on extraction equipment is in the works.