Three ambulances could soon be on their way to overdue facelifts.
The Board of Directors on Wednesday will consider approving a $331,000 purchase that would involve moving the patient boxes on three ambulances to new chassis, a process known as remounting. The district would also purchase three new mobile computers and two gurneys for the ambulances.
Fire Chief Tracey Hansen said the process, which is done by Washington-based Braun Northwest, allows the department to save money. The rear patient areas of an ambulance will outlast the chassis, which should be replaced after 100,000 miles of use, she said.
"We're a little behind on that schedule because of the economy," Hansen said by phone.
The department has six active ambulances and two reserve units, she said, adding that only one or two ambulances would be taken out of service at a time. The process will take eight to 10 months, Hansen said.
Another part of the proposed purchase involves switching the ambulances from diesel to gasoline-powered chassis, which will allow the department to overhaul three vehicles instead of two.
CSD Has Five Extra Vehicles
Also at Wednesday's meeting, the Cosumnes Community Services District board may give permission for three district pickup trucks and two sedans to be sold off.
Three of the vehicles "are no longer needed due to a decrease in staffing," according to a staff report. The fourth needs repairs that exceed the vehicle's value, and the final vehicle has too many miles.
They are a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria, a 1998 Dodge Ram, a 1996 Ford Ranger, a 2001 Ford Ranger and a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.
Cosumnes Community Services District Board of Directors meeting
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18
8820 Elk Grove Blvd.