Romeoville OKs lease for new ambulance
By Brock A. Stein Correspondent January 17, 2013 12:22PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:31AM
Residents expecting a reliable ride to the emergency room in Romeoville can now dial 911 with a greater sense of confidence.
The village has approved the financing for the lease of a newly equipped 2012 Ford F450 Custom Medtec ambulance that will replace one of the fire protection district’s aging vehicles.
Fire Chief Kent Adams said that the protection district maintains a fleet of three ambulances, two as primary, and one as a backup.
Depending on mileage, he said that the vehicles have a life expectancy of about seven to 10 years.
Adams said that the current backup ambulance being used in the village has become too unreliable even for its auxiliary role.
“Unfortunately the one we use right now on the front line is constantly down,” said Adams.
Village finance director Kirk Openchowski said that the village received favorable financing from 5/3 Bank for the $174,812 vehicle and will wind up paying $36,059.66 per year over a period of five years for a total of $180,298.30 with interest.
“If there is one thing that’s important it’s when people call 911 they have an ambulance to come to their home,” said Trustee Sue Micklevitz.