City of Red Wing

Red Wing Fire Department Receives Approval to Purchase New Ambulance

Friday, March 18 2011 12:00 AM
On March 14, 2011, City Council approved a purchase agreement with Everest Emergency Vehicles of St. Paul, MN, for the purchase of a new ambulance. The new unit will replace a 1998 ambulance that will be eliminated from the Red Wing Fire Department's fleet.

The Red Wing Fire Department currently has four (4) ambulances in its fleet:

Medic 3, 1998 Ford E-450                          183,137 miles

Medic 2, 2000 Ford E-450                          239,158 miles

Medic 1, 2004 Ford E-450                          237,263 miles 

Medic 4, 2009 Chevrolet CG3308                35,321 miles

Although Medic 3 has fewer miles than other units, it lacks patient care amenities, performance qualities and ride characteristics incorporated into newer ambulance designs. Medic 3 will be traded in as part of the approved purchase agreement.

City Council recently approved North Central EMS Cooperative (NCEMSC) as a potential source for the purchase of an ambulance and NCEMSC was approved for this purchase in lieu of a formal bid procedure. NCEMSC follows the governmental contracting system designed by the State of Minnesota to ensure competitive bids for its products and services.

Preparing formal bid specifications and overseeing the bid process requires significant staff time within multiple departments. The bid document for the last ambulance purchase was approximately 70 pages long and required several weeks to prepare.

The Fire Department believes that by combining the purchasing power of several communities, they have obtained better pricing than would have been possible by bidding a single unit.

Additionally, Chief Schneider was recently informed that the manufacturer, Road Rescue, will be implementing a 5% price increase to vehicle orders placed after March 21, 2011. Executing the purchase agreement prior to the 5% increase will save approximately $8,000.00.

Purchasing a new ambulance is anticipated to reduce overall ongoing vehicle maintenance expenses. The wear and tear of operation to older units will be reduced, reducing repairs and extending their useful life for the City.

The cost of the new ambulance is $160,681.00. The 2011 CIP contains $165,101.00 in encumbered funds for this purchase.