South Lane County Fire and Rescue News Blog
South Lane Ambulance Remounts
South Lane County Fire and Rescue Board of Directors, at the request of the Fire Chief, authorized the "Remounting" of two of its ambulances. Both ambulances motors were deemed not repairable within ten days of one another. "Remounting" of ambulances saves the Fire District Tax payer's approximately $75,000 per ambulance versus purchasing brand new. "Remounting" involves taking the patient compartment off of the existing ambulance chassis, refurbishing the compartment, and "remounting" the compartment on a new chassis. The process of remounting will take just over sixty days. These ambulances were scheduled for "remounting" later this year, but the process was expedited due to the emergent nature and necessity of having ambulances available.
Although the unexpected failures of these vehicles in such a short time stretched SLCFR's resources, all calls for ambulance service were answered without delay. In response to the ambulance shortage a request was made to the regional fire departments seeking a loaner ambulance. Lane Fire Authority, in Veneta was able to loan SLCFR one of their ambulances while the remounting is completed on the other units.