November 15, 2016

At its regular meeting on Monday, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of a new ambulance for the county Ambulance Service at a total cost of $180,360.

Supervisor Mark Beardmore was absent and did not weigh in or vote on the matter.

The 2016 Ford F-450 4x4 Type 1 truck, purchased from Feld Fire of Carroll, features a 6.7-liter diesel engine. Ambulance Service Director Pat Gray said the truck chassis is much more “heavy duty” than the van chassis in seven of the county’s other ambulances.

“We’re trying to get a truck over a van this time,” Gray told the board. “They’re more heavy-duty and require less maintenance.

Last year we spent $30,000 just on van maintenance.”

The board also decided to upgrade to the model featuring a $20,000 power lift to move patients in and out of the ambulance.

Supervisors Neil Bock and Dean Schettler each had different reasons for approving the extra expense.

“If it saves us some workman’s compensation issues in the future, then I think we’re better off with the power loader,” Schettler said.

Bock said the truck chassis sits up higher, requiring paramedics to lift patients higher to get them into the ambulance.

Gray said the ambulances generally have about a 12-year lifespan. He said they do have the option of buying a new truck or van and mounting an old “box” on top to save money.

Bock said saving money on maintenance is a bonus, but the possibility of getting an extra year of service out of the new ambulance has potential for a “quantum leap in savings.”

The new ambulance is expected to be in Carroll within the next month. Another ambulance will need to be purchased or remounted in two years.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of an “end of life” warranty from Dell for the county’s computer servers at a cost of $16,116. The policy will cover the two PS 6100 SANS machines until July 2, 2020.

“If those went down and we couldn’t fix it right away, everyone in the county would be back using pencil and paper,” IT Director Karl Wilburn said.

The board also canvassed and certified the general election results from Nov. 8.