BAKER CITY:  New ambulance and command vehicle

BAKER CITY: New ambulance and command vehicle

Baker City Fire and Ambulance has a new (used) ambulance that has been added to their fleet. According to Baker City Vice-Mayor Mike Downing, the ambulance is a 2012 Ford F450 Ambulance out of Connecticut. Late last week Downing, along with Baker City Fire Chief John Clark, flew to the east coast to pick up and bring home the new ambulance as well as a 2012 Ford Expedition that will be used to replace an aging command vehicle.
The new ambulance along with the command vehicle was something that had been budgeted for. A total of $180,000 was in the budget for this purchase according to Downing. The combined purchase came in well under the budgeted amount according to Downing who says that the purchase amount was approximately $53,000 allowing roughly $127,000 to go back into the budget.
Downing says that having the ambulance and the Expedition shipped would have cost the city approximately $8,000 each. Having Downing and Clark pick up the vehicles and drive them back to Baker City was the most cost-effective way to get them to the department. Noting that because the Chief is a salaried employee no additional overtime costs were incurred with him going. The same is true for Downing due to his position on the city council.
The Baker Fire Department will be selling an older ambulance which will help offset the cost of the new purchase. Downing says the city has accepted an offer from the Powder River Rural Fire Department for the purchase.
The new ambulance will require a few things to be added to it before it is operational, but it is estimated that it will be ready for full use anywhere from a week to a month from now.