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.