The Pettis County Ambulance District is looking ahead to the Missouri State Fair and evaluating what services will be needed, after hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday that the Missouri Disaster Response Team would not be available this year due to budget cuts.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors voted to purchase an additional ambulance and outfit a spare ambulance. The board had previously considered purchasing two new ambulances, but decided to split the costs rather than incur a one-time expense.
The new ambulance will allow an older PCAD ambulance to be used as a reserve, ensuring there is a back-up in case all vehicles are in use or if an ambulance is in for maintenance or repairs.
The Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors will appoint a new board member in the next month after District 1 Director Dave Clippert offered his resignation Tuesday.
“I’d like to make it very clear this isn’t in reaction to recent events. I’m selling my home and moving out of the District 1 boundaries so according to the bylaws I am unable to continue to be part of this board,” Clippert told his fellow board members.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors is now considering purchasing a new ambulance and putting two older ambulances into a spare rotation.
PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner spoke to the board about the need for a new ambulance. This is a planned purchase, he said, and he wanted to get the board’s opinion on switching to a new company to build the vehicle. PCAD has bought all seven of its current ambulances from Osage Ambulances, out of Linn, Mo.,
The Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors approved a measure that would pay for an additional telecommunications dispatcher at the Sedalia Police Department. The board approved the expense during its regular meeting Tuesday after a request was made from the SPD last month.
SPD Chief John Degonia spoke during the PCAD meeting about the need for two more dispatchers – one paid for by the city and the other paid for by PCAD.