New Layer of Paint Hits New Ashland Police Division Cruisers and New EMS Vehicle
ASHLAND – The city now has some shiny new emergency vehicles in the police and fire departments.
Some cruisers in the Ashland Police Division have received new stickers and the department now has three new cruisers after city council passed an ordinance several months ago allowing the purchase of the 2021 Ford Explorers.
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Newly transferred one-color design vehicles recently entered APD’s garage. The minimalist color scheme saved the department around $ 140. The cost is lower due to the use of gray instead of blue and silver, said Police Chief David Lay.
“We wanted something more modern and stylish,” Lay said.
The new cruisers are waiting for light bars and interior fittings, estimated at $ 20,000 per car, before they can circulate in the streets of the city.
With the three new vehicles, the department now has 18 police cars.
The ordinance was passed in September with an estimated cost of $ 97,935 for the three vehicles, according to council records. The price did not include equipment costs.
Earlier this year, the board passed another order for the purchase of a 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup for the police at an estimated cost of $ 24,971, which included the trade-in for a 2010 Buick Lacrosse, d ‘a 2011 Mercedes-Benz truck and a 2006 Buick Lucerne.
Both of these purchases were made through the Police Vehicle Fund.
Ashland Fire Department receives new EMS vehicle
After 16 months of waiting from the date of purchase, the Ashland Fire Department received its new ambulance.
The $ 250,000 vehicle is funded by a contractual agreement between the fire department and neighboring municipalities that Ashland is helping, said Fire Chief Rick Anderson.
The newly built No.2 Fire Hall has reduced wait times in these townships, according to the Ashland Fire Department website.
The majority of the cost of the ambulance comes from the supplies inside the vehicle, Anderson said.
The new ambulance replaces an old one that was purchased in 2013, now plagued by mechanical issues, Anderson said. The city will sell the old ambulance through an online auction, although the date of the auction is not final.
The 16-month wait time is due to supply chain issues that many businesses face.
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This article originally appeared in the Ashland Times Gazette: Ashland Receives New Police Cars and Decals, New EMS Vehicle