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ESD No. 2 talks new ambulance




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FLORESVILLE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 is considering the purchase of a new ambulance. This was the subject of a discussion that was tabled at the ESD’s Nov. 18 board meeting.

Board President Bill Kenney said after the meeting that the purchase falls in line with the ESD’s business plan, which also was tabled, due to the need for corrections. A workshop, in which the corrections will be addressed, has been set for Dec. 7 ahead of a regular meeting scheduled for Dec. 9.

With regard to the proposed new ambulance, Kenney said it would belong to the ESD. Members of the district’s fire and ambulance-service provider, the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services, would operate the vehicle. Eagle Creek’s assistant chief, Walter Cutsinger, said the department currently operates two ambulances. One of the units, a 2002 Ford, was purchased secondhand from the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services in Floresville. A second unit, a 2007 Chevrolet, was purchased last year from an ambulance squad in Harris County.

The Chevrolet, however, has been out of service for approximately a month because a cooling hose on its 6.6-liter diesel engine became detached. This, Cutsinger said, led to the engine being destroyed. Richardson Bros. Chevrolet Polaris in Floresville is replacing the engine, he said, with the job estimated to cost as much as $11,400. Cutsinger said the expense is being funded by a state grant.

Wilson County Emergency Medical Services is backing up Eagle Creek in the event it cannot respond to its calls, Cutsinger said.
 

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