Maybell gets new ambulance |

Maybell gets new ambulance

County will pay TMH $12,000 for new used vehicle

As a belated Christmas present, Maybell will receive a new used ambulance.

The Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to purchase a 1993 ambulance from The Memorial Hospital on behalf of the Maybell Ambulance Service.

The ambulance will replace the ambulance service’s backup, a 1976 ambulance that the commissioners said no longer was dependable. Among the vehicle’s problems is vapor lock.

The county will pay TMH $12,000 for the vehicle. The payment will come from the commissioners’ travel, grant and contingency funds.

The acquisition is especially important in light of problems with Dinosaur’s ambulance service.

That service is down four emergency medical technicians and is in danger of falling apart, said Tom Soos, EMS director.

If Dinosaur’s ambulance service ends, Maybell may be forced to make more runs to the southwest part of the county. In that case, the Maybell Ambulance Service will need a dependable vehicle to drive the long distances such emergency calls could require.

Maybell could not afford to share in the expense of the ambulance. The ambulance service has received just $4,400 in revenue this year, down more than $6,000 from other years, budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said.

The shortfall could be because of a backlog with the service’s billing agency, she said.

The commissioners had to provide the ambulance service with supplemental funding Tuesday morning to pay the ending salary of the service’s former director, who was terminated because of budget constraints last year.

TMH is replacing the 1993 ambulance with a new model the hospital is purchasing for $103,000. Of that amount, $85,000 is coming from a state Department of Local Affairs grant.

The commissioners didn’t know what they would do with Maybell’s old ambulance. Soos recommended they advertise it on the Web site to see whether anyone was interested in purchasing it.

TMH paid $90,000 for the ambulance it sold to Moffat County. Half of the funding came from a DOLA grant.

The ambulance is TMH’s only two-wheel-drive vehicle, and it has 45,000 miles on it.

TMH will turn the ambulance over to Maybell in March.

Maybell’s primary ambulance is a late 1990s model that is in good condition, Soos said.

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