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Divided ESD board says ‘no’ to ambulance
Board members for the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 have voted against the purchase of a new ambulance. The proposal died as a result of a 2-3 vote, said board President Bill Kenney following the Jan. 20 meeting.
“The dissenting members didn’t feel it was necessary for the service provider to have three ambulances in service, when only two are required by contract,” he said.
The ambulance would have been used by Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services (VES), which is the district’s service provider for both firefighting and emergency medical services. Eagle Creek’s Assistant Fire Chief Walter Cutsinger said he declined comment as he was not present for the meeting.
Kenney said the Eagle Creek VES board since has decided to decommission the older of its two ambulances, one that was manufactured in 2002. The ESD’s board is set to hold a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Eagle Creek VES building on F.M. 775.
At that special meeting, he said the board will vote on whether to purchase an ambulance built on a 2013 Ford F-450 chassis. This unit, he said, was a dealership demonstration model. It comes equipped with a removable box that can be mounted on a different chassis should the need arise. Estimated cost for the new ambulance is $127,000.
Also during the meeting, the board elected the following officers:
•Bill Kenney, president
•Dr. Royal Munro, vice president
•Larry Phillips, treasurer
•Roger Brickley, secretary
•Tommy Mowles, assistant treasurer.
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