By Kristin Rover
New Richmond has received a Community Development Block Grant that will be used to purchase a new ambulance for the village.
Dave Kennedy, village administrator, said the grant they received was for $136,900 and the village supplied a local match of $7,200 for a total cost of $144,100.
Kennedy said the funds purchased the vehicle and outfitted it with a new radio system and installing a mobile data computer.
He said the grant was approved by the county last spring.
“We ordered the ambulance in early summer,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said village officials are appreciative of the funding from Clermont County Commissioners and the hard work of grant coordinator Annette Decatur.
“The new ambulance will serve residents and those living in mutual aid coverage areas,” Kennedy said.
Tim Feldkamp, assistant chief of New Richmond Fire and EMS, said they were in need of a new ambulance.
“It was well-needed to replace a 2001 ambulance that was starting to get some high mileage,” Feldkamp said. “It was getting to the point where it needed to be replaced and it was having some issues.”
Feldkamp said if it weren’t for the grant money, he is not sure how they would have replaced the ambulance.
“We have very limited funding so it was very exciting to hear that we were receiving a grant for a new one,” Feldkamp said.
He said the new ambulance has lower engine emissions than the previous ambulance and has a better floor plan for working inside.
“The floor plan in the back is a lot more user friendly and also matches our other 2009 ambulance, which makes it a lot easier,” Feldkamp said.
Feldkamp said the village has two ambulances. He said they use one at a time to prevent the miles from adding up.