City Commission Approves New Ambulance for SFD

Staff Writer

The City Commission approved an ambulance purchase. The ambulance would go to the City auction. It needs to be stripped of any identifying marks such as Sweetwater and ambulance. In the past these have been donated to Blackwell and surrounding towns. The vehicles bring very little at the auctions and gets more mileage out of donating these vehicles to other towns. The ambulance, however is from 1984 and the truck is from 1999. The motion carried and bids will go out to purchase a new ambulance.
In addition to this new ambulance purchase approval, a Stryker Pro XT will be included in the new ambulance. As of February, the State of Texas passed a new safety regulation of going away from the current antler system for improved safety standards. During a collision, the odds of the cot coming out are really high. The person and the cot then would become a projectile. With the new safety standards, Texas mandates a crash-rated fastening system that would not allow the cot to be separated from the unit.
“This is a vast improvement over what we’ve had in the past. One person would have to stand at the end and push the unit in and the wheels would slide up. It’s not much different than what we had, but vastly improved.” Fire Chief Grant Madden said...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.