Directors for the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District voted to buy a new ambulance at their September meeting.
After developing s series of maintenance problems in the fleet, board members opted to trade in the oldest rig on a new vehicle while the old unit still had value. According to Jeaneittia Pierce, office manager, money was available in savings though the purchase had not been planned. Bills for maintenance on four ambulances in August cost more than $4,200.
The purchase was made from Wheeled Coach for a 2011 Chevrolet G4500 diesel fueled unit. The new ambulance will have several special features. Pierce said the ducted heating and air system would better distribute the air, rather than having the patient one temperature and the crew at another. Compartment rope lights would also provide better illumination and reduce the need to use a flashlight.
The additional features, including LED lights and air horns, brought the final price to $113,431.
Parking lot improvements
Board members voted to approve a bid from Kelly Bishop to reseal and restripe the parking area and extension from inside the bays to the end of the lot. The repainting is the first since the station opened 10 years ago.
The title for the shift field supervisor position was changed to the shift station supervisor. Pierce said the title better fits the duties involving station management and does not affect activities in the field.
Runs for August totaled 229, up 41 from a year ago. The 2011 total through August of 1,767 is up 13 percent from last year's pace.
Of the 172 patients transported during August, 66 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 67 went to Springfield hospitals, 10 to Freeman West in Joplin, three to St. John's Hospital-Aurora and one to St. John's Hospital-Cassville.
Crews responded to four mutual aid calls, one of which resulted in a patient transport to Joplin. Eight calls were turned over to other services for the month, six of which happened on the same day when the district received more than 20 calls for service.
Overtime has remained lower than usual. In addition to 160 hours of scheduled overtime per pay period and scheduled overtime, crews logged only 42 hours ofexcess overtime for the month.
Jody Wooten was hired as an on-call paramedic.
Andy McCaslin, education coordinator, reported 24 hours of continuing education units are available to staff on the district's website. EagleMed taught staff a pediatric advanced life support class during the month.
The board will next meet on Oct. 11.