FMMFD to purchase two new ambulances

Sep 20, 2018

Kirsten Skyba of vendor RedSky Fire Apparatus LLC discusses the features of a Demers ambulance with Michael Bell, chairman of the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District governing board. The board voted Wednesday to approve the purchase of two new ambulances similar to the model pictured. Skyba said the ambulances should be delivered in December or January.

FORT MOHAVE — The Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department is planning for the long haul.

The fire district’s governing board voted Wednesday to approve the purchase of two new Demers ambulances, at a total cost of $354,882.

The units’ all-metal construction and expected durability mean that each will probably last through two refurbishments, Fire Chief Bret Scholz said.

“The units are of the highest quality,” EMS coordinator Raymond Proa said.

Board member Tom Queen, a captain with the Bullhead City Fire Department, agreed.

“It’s definitely a well-built ambulance,” said Queen. “The safety features are phenomenal.”

Among them are safety belts for paramedics, whom Scholz said will now be able to tend to patients while being buckled up. Current ambulances require a paramedic to be unrestrained while assisting a patient in the rear of the unit.

“It’s tremendously safer for our personnel,” Scholz said of the new ambulance design.

Kirsten Skyba, of vendor RedSky Fire Apparatus LLC, said the units have an anticipated life expectancy of seven to 10 years.

Life span will depend on usage; the FMMFD’s annual call volume has grown by 200 percent in each of the last two years, Scholz said.

After they have reached the end of their initial life span, the FMMFD’s capital plan calls for each box to be mounted on a new-chassis. The department was able to “piggyback” onto the bid pricing of other departments who already had gone out to bid on the units, Scholz said.

This allowed the department to review deals and decide on exactly what it wanted in its ambulances, with no worries about a bidding process that may require them to take the lowest bid and get substandard units or apparatus’ that don’t meet the department’s specifications, he continued.

The ambulances come with a five-year/180,000-mile warranty and FMMFD can expect to take delivery of them in December or January, Skyba said.

Also approved was the purchase of two Stryker Power-Pro XT gurneys for $20,100.20.

The board also voted to authorize writing off $1,149.47 in delinquent ambulance accounts and sending another $6,958.77 in such accounts to collections.