Roseville puts down payment on new ambulance

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 22, 2021

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ROSEVILLE — The good news is Roseville is getting a new ambulance. The only thing is, it’ll take 10 months to get here.

But it is no emergency, Roseville Fire Chief Brian Kanigowski said. The city is planning ahead.

“This is replacing an older ambulance, a 2008 ambulance. It’s obviously put its time in here,” Kanigowski said.

In a memo to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins, city Purchasing Agent Paul VanDamme said the ambulance is budgeted for the 2022-23 fiscal year at a cost of $267,909.

The request approved by the Roseville City Council Sept. 14 was for a 10% down payment of $26,790.90 to begin the construction and outfitting process.

“That comes with a stretcher, the mounting. That comes with everything,” Kanigowski said. “We added in the power load stretcher to save on their backs. It’s actually required now.”

The bid was awarded to Emergency Vehicles Plus, a single-source vendor. The new rig will replace the 2008 Ford MedTech ambulance with 207,118 miles on it.

Delivery is expected in July 2022.

“We’re trying to look ahead,” Kanigowski said. “We knew we needed to purchase an ambulance. The mayor and council recognized it. We’re just trying to get ahead of the game here.

“I have a great working relationship with the council and the mayor. They support fire service tremendously. They know the importance of the Fire Department,” Kanigowski said.

 The Roseville Fire Department fields an apparatus fleet of four ambulances, three pumper engines and one quint, operating out of two fire stations with a total of 45 firefighter/paramedics.

Kanigowski said the department was awaiting word about a federal grant request for a new engine.