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Fort Macleod to buy new ambulance unit

The Town of Fort Macleod will spend $120,800 on a new ambulance.
The town’s 1998 Ford Crestline ambulance will be used as a trade-in to lower the price of the new unit by $5,000.
Council had included $125,000 in its capital budget for a new ambulance.
Demers Ambulances of Quebec was the only company to respond to the Town of Fort Macleod’s request for price quotes.
The request was posted on the Alberta Purchasing Connection Web site, which is the Alberta government’s official purchasing notification site.
Posting the request fulfilled the Town of Fort Macleod’s obligations under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.
“Demers Ambulances was the successful bidder when council purchased a new ambulance unit in 2010,” Town of Fort Macleod municipal manager Barry Elliott noted in his written report to council.
Elliott told council the 2011 Mystere MX 160D ambulance meets the Town of Fort Macleod’s specifications.
Elliott told council the town has the option to retain the old ambulance for periodic use as a mechanical back-up.
Mayor Shawn Patience wondered about selling the ambulance, rather than trading it in or retaining the unit.
Elliott said the sale would net only $1,500 to $3,000, less than the value Demers Ambulances was offering for a trade-in.

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