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EMS looking for upgrades to ambulances
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Brian Campbell, a three-year veteran of the Warren County EMS team, uses a hose to wash out the floorboard of one of the department’s ambulances. The remount of a current vehicle will remove the issue of water entering holes in the flooring, as well as provide a separate air-conditioning unit for the cab and back of the truck. - photo by Atlanta Northcutt

Warren County EMS will be looking into a state bid for purchasing a new ambulance and putting in a bid to remount the current model. 

During a recent Safety Committee & Beer Board meeting, a motion was made to look into the state bid for a new ambulance through Demers Ambulances, one of the nation’s top brands. The ambulance will be a two-wheel drive 2020 Chevrolet C4500 regular-cab chassis with a load system included. 

The price of the new ambulance is $196,000. The money for the new truck and remount of an older model are allotted in the budget.

Since Demers is the preferred ambulance vendor of the state, the number of bids made can be avoided and go directly through the company. 

White County, Murfreesboro, Nashville and other areas in the region are using this brand to get rid of the bid process. The delivery of the new truck is between 90 to 120 days from the time the truck is ordered.

Chevrolets offer a variety of bumpers, but a push bar is not currently on the market. Push bars allow the truck to be used as a battering ram for simple structures or fences, or to push disabled vehicles off the road. A push bar can be bought later to add onto the new vehicle, but different bumpers are available to add more resistance.

EMS searched the current trucks and identified several items which needed to be replaced. On some of the older ambulances, the floor is still made out of aluminum plates with small but deep holes on the bottom. When cleaning the truck, the floor has to be sprayed out causing the holes to fill with water, making the removal of the water more complicated. The bid will allow for the current floor of one vehicle to be replaced and fix the issues regarding the holes.

“Just one of the older models will be remounted this year,” says Warren County EMS director Preston Denney.