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By Martha Jane East
The regular monthly board meeting of Salt River Ambulance District was brought to order by Chairman Phil Leatherman at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19.
After discussion on pricing, shortage of vehicles on the market and the timeline on when replacement truck could be obtained, the board members voted to purchase an ambulance that is currently being built and expected to be available in March. Director Anna Studer reported baseline cost is $157,000 and with custom features desired by the District, the total quoted by Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles is $193,590.
Studer advised the board, the District received $24,593.10 for the sale of Medic 4. In addition, Medic 3 has been in the shop because of a sensor malfunction and is being sent to a dealer for further evaluation.
Keith Hewgley, NRP, the District’s primary instructor/trainer, submitted a written report detailing activities from May 18 through October 18. In addition to continuing education hours completed by SRAD employees, training has been provided to other individuals and groups.
SRAD employees conducted a CPR/First Aid class along with the National “Stop the Bleed” program for the City of Clarence. Hewgley reported 15 city employees, fire department, police and First Responders received this training.
CPR was also taught for several individuals and for employees of Clarence Care Center. Additional training is planned for more employees of Clarence Care Center and employees of Orscheln/tractor Supply from Shelbina and Monroe City.
SRAD will host an upcoming Paramedic/EMT refresher class in November. Four days will be dedicated to learning new practices and skills by those who attend.
The board voted to pay the American Ambulance Association annual dues fee of $525.00.
Discussion items included the use of lights and sirens when responding to calls and the need for new mattresses in the living quarters.