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Ann Arbor Fire Department hoping to purchase ambulance if funding is approved

Huron Valley ambulances
Huron Valley Ambulance
Huron Valley ambulances

The Ann Arbor Fire Department is hoping to be approved to buy their own ambulance.

Attonight’s meeting, the Ann Arbor City Council are expected to vote to reallocate 500,000 American Rescue Plandollars. $300,000 would go toward purchasing an ambulance for the fire department, and $200,000 will be earmarked for unspecified downtown improvements.

In the past, when Huron Valley Ambulance didn’t have any available rigs, the fire department would have to send out a fire truck to handle a medical emergency. So, for the last six months, the AAFD has been operating an ambulance provided by Huron Valley Ambulance.

Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedysays the six-month trial proved the value of his department having its own rig.

“So, it’s worked out incredibly well. It really did exactly what we hoped it to, and that’s why we’re moving forward with the council for us to purchase our own ambulance and get self-licensed.”

Chief Kennedy says if the ambulance purchase is approved by city council, the goal is for it to be on the road by March.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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