MATTOON -- The city is preparing to sell all three ambulances that were formerly operated by the Mattoon Fire Department.
The Mattoon City Council is scheduled during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in City Hall, 208 N. 19th St., to consider declaring a 2013 Chevrolet Medtech Express cutaway ambulance and three Stryker ambulance cots to be surplus property. This follows the council voting on April 2 to list the other two ambulances as being surplus.
All three vehicles have been in storage since the fire department's ambulance service was eliminated on July 25 by a council vote. The city subsequently returned to relying on private services to provide ambulance service in Mattoon. Michell-Jerdan Ambulance Service has been the only provider in town since Dunn's Ambulance closed its Mattoon operation this spring.
City Administrator Kyle Gill said Michell-Jerdan has been meeting ambulance ordinance requirements while being the sole provider, so the city has decided to move forward with selling the fire department's former ambulances. He said the department already moved its advanced life support equipment onto fire trucks to provide backup for private ambulance crews as needed.
The fire department operated an advanced life support ambulance service from 2010 to 2018. City officials have said that the department's ambulance service lost money and duplicated the work of private providers. Firefighters countered that their service generated needed city revenue and provided essential coverage for Mattoon.
After Dunn's announced its closure plans, the council voted on March 19 to place a moratorium of up to six months on issuing any new ambulance service permits. Gill said this moratorium is still in place as city officials review local ambulance call date and consider long-term options for ambulance coverage in Mattoon.
Gill said the city is still looking into options for selling the three ambulances and has not set an asking price for them yet. He said the proceeds will go into the city's general fund. The 2013 Chevrolet ambulance has 151,008 miles on it, the 2004 Ford has 192,725 miles, and the 2008 Chevrolet has 185,691 miles.