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Gwinnett approves $735K to buy new ambulances, refurbish old one

Gwinnett County commissioners approved a contract for more than $735,000 to buy new ambulances and update the existing fleet.

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services will purchase two new ambulances, costing a combined $522,000. An ambulance already owned by the department will receive repairs at a cost of $213,000. The old ambulance will have its patient compartment remounted on a new chassis, the county said in a press release.

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“The increasing number of ambulance transports and the high number of miles being placed on the vehicles takes a toll,” said Gwinnett County Fire Chief Russell Knick in the release. “The remounting program allows us to reduce costs and extend the life of our vehicles.”

The $735,273 contract was approved at the commissioners’ Tuesday meeting. This is the second addition to the ambulance fleet in two years; last year, the purchase of two new ambulances was approved by commissioners to ensure every county fire station would have at least one. 

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