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Ambulance purchase garners only one bid

Date: 12/7/2010

Dec. 6, 2010

By Chris Maza

Reminder Assistant Editor

WILBRAHAM -- The latest step in getting a new ambulance for the Wilbraham Fire Department was completed with the reading of the bids for the vehicle on Nov. 29.

According to the Selectman's office, only one bid was submitted by Greenwood Emergency Vehicles of Attleboro.

The bid was for $155,789, with a rebate of $4,500, bringing the total cost of the emergency vehicle to $151,289.

Selectman Robert Boilard, who emphasized upgraded emergency services as a priority for the town at an open forum before the Special Town Election in September, declined to comment on the bid because the matter is still undecided and referred further questions to Board of Selectman Chairman James Thompson.

Thompson said the bid was currently under review by the Fire Department and no other information was available.

According to a press release from the Selectman's office, a decision will be made within two weeks of opening the bid.

The new ambulance is not the only addition the Fire Department is looking to make.

The town also recently posted a position for a new full-time firefighter/EMT. Applicants are required to have EMT-D certification at the time of hire, be non-smokers and live within 10 miles of the town.

Applications can be sent to or brought into the Selectman's office at Wilbraham Town Hall, 240 Springfield St. before the Dec. 10 deadline.

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