The Killeen Fire Department is hoping to purchase two new ambulances to update its aging fleet.
The department is asking the City Council to approve the purchase of two Frazer ambulances at a combined cost of $495,500.
That amount includes an additional cost of $120,000 for new equipment, including stretchers and two new cardiac monitors for the vehicles.
The department currently operates eight “front-line” mobile intensive care units and a fleet of 11 Frazer ambulances.
The two new ambulances will replace two older ones, which have become expensive to maintain.
According to a KFD memo, one ambulance is a 2003 Ford with 156,235 miles and has year-to-date maintenance costs of more than $45,000.
The second is a 2009 Dodge with 129,000 miles with a year-to-date maintenance cost of nearly $30,000.
“The fire department is requesting replacement of two of these units for dependability and operational effectiveness,” according to a KFD request to the council.
The item was slated to go before the council for discussion at a workshop meeting Tuesday night. However, the item was pulled from the agenda because City Manager Glen Morrison said the city staff had “better options,” which they would bring back before the council at a later date.
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