The Ottawa City Council on Tuesday purchased a 2017 Osage Warrior ambulance from North Central Emergency Vehicles to replace an older ambulance.
Unlike ambulances that have to be ordered, the new ambulance is a demonstration model and immediately available, said Commissioner Tom Ganiere.
“It met everything we were looking for,” said Fire Chief Steve Haywood.
Ganiere noted the new ambulance has a removable “box” that can eventually be remounted on a different chassis.
“From here on out we should be just buying chassis, for a while anyways,” Ganiere said.
The purchase will temporarily bring the city’s ambulance service fleet to five ambulances — two ready to go and two in reserve.
The ambulance being retired is a 2007 Med Tech with a box on an International chassis.
Due to the age of the 2007 ambulance, it could not be used as a trade-in and will instead be sold.
“It’s in good shape — with only 86,000 miles,” said Haywood, switching into sales mode.
The nonemergency number for the Ottawa Fire Department is 815-434-3785.