Valley Stream officials authorize purchase of $200K ambulance

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The board of trustees on March 6 approved the fire department’s request to purchase an ambulance that would replace one of two in its current fleet, which is from 1992.

According to Mayor Ed Fare, the village typically replaces ambulances after about 15 years and engines after about 20 years.

Fare and the fire chiefs discovered that they could buy a 2016 ambulance from PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in New Jersey, whom they have worked with in the past. The funding for the ambulance, which costs $206,763, was included in this year’s bonding for village vehicles.

“The thing is this ambulance is built, finished, ready and sitting in the yard in Jersey and we can use our normal distributor, our normal supplier,” Fare said.

Chief James Ervolino said the updated ambulance would be helpful as the EMS call volume has increased.

The fire chiefs will be holding a counsel meeting on March 21, after which they will decide what to do with the old ambulance. The board’s next work session will be held on March 27 at 6:30 p.m.