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Ottawa buys new ambulance, old one for sale

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.

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