MIO - The Oscoda Emergency Medical Services are on track to receive its propane ambulances by July, according to Director Jason Beck.
gave the Oscoda County Board of Commissioners
an update on the ambulances during a meeting April 22.
Late last year the commission voted to allow Beck
to purchase two new propane-powered ambulances.
They also approved funding remount existing ambulance equipment on two new chassis that run on gasoline engines.
The cost would be nearly $570,000.
originally proposed the purchase of the rigs arguing that propane would provide a substantial fuel cost savings per mile, as opposed to gasoline engines.
told commissioners that a company was on track to get the ambulances to the county for operation this summer.
"We're on track for receiving our ambulances by the end of July," he
"That is both for our remounts and the two propane ones.
At the present time our first remount is expected to go out this week."
was looking forward to having the propane ambulances in service and said it would help the service make money on ambulance runs for dialysis patients.
"The number is $150 a run, that is substantial," he
"When we get the propane engine in place it will increase the payout with the gas mileage."
told commissioners that plans for a propane filling station at the EMS building were underway as well.
was recently contacted by official with the U.S.
then explained that there was some doubt that the county could partner with the Forest Service because they were a federal government agency, but officials were still working on perhaps partnering for a filling station.
"I am currently working on the paperwork to submit for a partner grant, but I am not expecting it to come through," Beck
said Forest Service officials are also working to get a public filling station that can not only be used by both agencies, but also people who have propane vehicles, such as RVs, for use.
Discussion then proceeded to where on the property the propane filling station would be located.
Commissioners voiced their concerns when Beck
said the station could be located on the south side of the building in the station's current parking area.
was assured by several propane companies that install the stations there is ample room in the parking area for the filling station, if it is going to be installed there.