Boyceville ambulance district board approves purchase of new ambulance for $303,875
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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVVILLE — The Boyceville Community Ambulance District Board has approved buying a new Demers Dodge ambulance for $303,875 from Pomasl Fire Equipment out of Antigo.
The Boyceville ambulance service received a $106,000 EMS Flex Grant through the state of Wisconsin to put toward the purchase of a new ambulance, and the Requests for Proposals were due December 21, 2022, said Wayne Dow, director of the Boyceville ambulance service at the ambulance board’s January 4 meeting.
Seven RFPs were sent out, and three were returned, he said.
Pomasl’s original bid was for $281,295 for a Dodge 5500 and $276,895 for a Ford, with an $8,500 trade-in for Medic 11, Dow said.
Foster Coach submitted an RFP for $289,688 on a Ford 550 with no trade-in on Medic 11, and a third company submitted an RFP for $323,000 and a $2,000 trade-in, he said.
Pomasl sent a representative to Boyceville, and with some change orders added in, such as $22,582 for an air purification system, the Dodge came to $303,85, and the Ford totaled $299,475 with the $8,500 trade-in, Dow said, adding that he was recommending going with the diesel Dodge from Pomasl.
The quotes are good for 60 days, and delivery will be in the first quarter of 2025, he said.
The Ford ambulance is cheaper, noted Paul Heifner, representative for the Town of Sherman.
What’s difference between the two? he asked.
After looking through the folder of information the representative had given him, at that point in the meeting, Dow called the Pomasl representative to confirm the kind of engine and transmission in each ambulance.
The Dodge is preferable for the engine and the transmission on a one-ton truck that will have plenty of power, said Chuck Siler, representative for the Town of Tiffany.
In addition to the $106,000 Flex grant, the Boyceville ambulance service has $88,685 in savings and $69,000 in checking, Dow noted.
The interest rate will be 5.49 percent, he said.
The Boyceville ambulance district has a payment of $28,500 due now on the newer ambulance, and one more payment in January of 2024, and then the newest ambulance will be paid off, Dow said,
The loan would be for six years, and with the down payment subtracted, that leaves $166,000 to finance, he said.
The Boyceville Community Ambulance District voted unanimously to award the bid to Pomasl Fire Equipment in the amount if $303,875, which does not include the trade-in of $8,500.
The Boyceville Community Ambulance District includes the Village of Boyceville and the Towns of New Haven, Tiffany, Sherman, Stanton, Hay River and Sheridan.