“Twins” expected soon at GFD; council approves two new ambulances

The Guthrie Fire Department spread the happy news on social media Tuesday evening as they announced they will soon be expecting “twins.”

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Following a unanimous vote (5-0) by the Guthrie city council on Tuesday, the department will order twin 2020 Ford F-450 ambulances.

“These two units will be a greatly welcomed addition to our fleet and will allow us to retire two ambulances from 2005 and 2006,” a spokesperson said for the department. “We are excitedly awaiting their delivery!”

Fire Chief Eric Harlow says with the roads throughout the EMS district, the ambulances need to be heavy duty.

“Due to the roads in the areas our EMS district covers, our ambulances need to be four wheel drive and of heavy duty construction,” Harlow said.

The two new ambulances will be similar to the the current 2013 and 2015 model ambulances with minor changes.

A significant part of landing the two ambulances was the awarding of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant.

The total amount for the two vehicles is listed at $452,338 will be divided up in various ways.

The Logan County EMS-I Board has committed $210,000 (with $3,500 payments per month for 60 months) to go along with the USDA grant in the amount of $164,000. In addition, $59,000 will come from the department’s Fire Fund along with $19,338 from the City of Guthrie’s General Fund.

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