By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted is upgrading the vehicle stock in its city safety forces with the purchase of four new police vehicles and probable approval of a new ambulance.
Administration officials plan to purchase three new Ford Interceptor police cruisers and one Ford Interceptor sports utility vehicle via the state purchasing plan. City Council unanimously approved the purchase at its Dec. 4 council meeting. At the same meeting, a proposal to purchase a new ambulance was forwarded to council’s Safety Committee after it was introduced, where it was unanimously recommended after the committee reviewed it. The full council was scheduled to consider final approval of the purchase at last night’s regular meeting.
By buying the new police vehicles through the state purchasing program, the city will be able to save money. The estimated cost for the four police vehicles is $132,850.
Scott Thomas, safety service director for the city, said the new vehicles are needed.
“They’ll be replacing some vehicles that are pretty used up,” Thomas said.
He said two of the Ford Interceptors will be put into the patrol fleet, while the third will be made into a detective bureau car. The SUV will be used both on shift and as a supervisor’s vehicle, Thomas said.
“We needed to get some that were larger than the Ford Taurus cruisers,” he said. “We have some pretty big members of the department, and we needed to ensure that they could get into their cruisers.”
Thomas said the city will be transferring much of the police equipment from the older cruisers to the new ones.
“We’re utilizing all the equipment,” he said, “and we’ll probably use the older vehicles as trade-ins to get as much value as we can.”
He said the new vehicles should be available in early 2013.
Referring to the new ambulance, Thomas said it is expected to cost a
little over $206,000. He said it will be replacing the current six-year-old ambulance stationed at Fire Station 1. That one is expected to be used as a trade-in in the purchase.
“It’s going to replace our oldest current one,” he said. “You try and run them as long as possible, then replace them before they start having some major problems on the road.”