Boyceville’s new ambulance has arrived

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — Boyceville’s brand new ambulance has arrived, and the EMTs are “ecstatic” with it says Matt Feeney, director of the ambulance service.

[emember_protected] Feeney reported on the arrival of the new ambulance at the Boyceville Community Ambulance District’s October 11 meeting.

The new ambulance is “roomy. It’s a really solid, well-built rig,” Feeney said.

Unfortunately, Medic 10 has a few minor issues, he said.

The oxygen ports on the ceiling of the ambulance need a different head, and the suction unit worked when it was tested at the factory in Canada, Feeney said.

The company sent a technician from Canada to test the suction unit, and sure enough, the suction unit was dead, he said.

Boyceville does have a portable suction unit, which will suffice until the new suction unit arrives, Feeney said.

“Everything else works fine,” he said.

The Boyceville Community Ambulance Service Board approved the purchase of the new ambulance at a cost of $216,875 at the regular monthly meeting April 12.

Budget

Although Feeney said he had hoped to have a preliminary budget for 2018 to present to the board at the October 11 meeting, circumstances beyond his control prevented him from putting together a budget.

Part of the Boyceville ambulance service’s budget is based on runs to the municipalities covered by the Boyceville service.

Boyceville serves the Towns of New Haven, Hay River, Stanton, Tiffany, Sherman, Sheridan and the Village of Boyceville.

The state changed to a different portal for keeping ambulance service records, and because of a “glitch,” Feeney said he has been unable to access the records from October of 2016 until the present.

If he was unable to run a report by the end of the week, state officials would print a hard copy of the report for him, Feeney said.

Feeney said he planned to have a preliminary budget ready by Friday of this week that he would e-mail to board members so they could consider the 2018 budget at the November 15 meeting.

Financials

The following information was included in the financial report Feeney presented to the board:

• Payroll for September 14 to October 11 — $11,606.65.

• Bills — $3,274.39.

• Money received — $3,652.49.

• Remaining funds on hand — $66,015.84. [/emember_protected]