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Board OKs deal for ambulance gear

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County took advantage Tuesday of a deal to obtain new equipment for its emergency response vehicles.

The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the Department of Fire and Rescue Services’ request to enter into a deal to lease and purchase Physio-Control Inc. LifePaks and automated external defibrillators for $91,616 per year. Specifically the department would lease equipment for ambulances and employees’ vehicles. The department would pay for the items using funds in the cost-recovery program – revenue collected through the county’s fees for ambulance services.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the county’s application for grants to cover the purchases. Richard Mabie, chief of the county department, went to the Board of Supervisors to request that his agency move forward with the purchase of the necessary items using its money from ambulance fees. The department requested close to $1 million to put the equipment in all of its vehicles but FEMA ultimately denied the application, Mabie said.

Department representatives asked Physio-Control for prices to replace out-of-date equipment not eligible for maintenance. The department has used the equipment for about 20 years, far beyond its 8-year lifespan.

Physio-Control has an end-of-year promotional deal that allows the county department to trade in two of its old LifePaks for one, new LifePak plus more incentives. However, as Mabie explained, the department has to sign the order by Dec. 27 or the price for the items increases by roughly $82,000. At the end of the 5-year lease, the department can buy all items for $1 or renegotiate an additional lease for updated or newer equipment.

The department’s request does not require additional local funding, Mabie noted. Leasing the equipment also allows for upgrades during the five years as technology changes, Mabie added.

Also at the meeting, supervisors voted to:

• Approve the Department of Parks and Recreation 2018 fee schedule

• Approve the transfer of four Sheriff’s Office vehicles to the School Board and to the county Building and Grounds Department

• Approve the Department of Fire and Rescue Services request to buy a new, 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and accessories at the state contract price of $45,000, financed through the county Finance Department over the next five years, for the fire chief’s office

• Approve a change to the annual term contract with Land Planning and Design Associates to provide architectural services for an additional year from Jan. 23 through Jan. 22, 2019

• Approve a change to the annual term contract with Frederick Andrae Architects to provide architectural services for an additional year from Jan. 10 to Jan. 9, 2019

• Approve a change to the annual term contract with Frazier Associates to provide architectural services for an additional year from Jan. 9 to Jan. 8, 2019

• Approve and authorize the county administrator to sign an annual term contract with Davenport and Company LLC to provide financial advisory services for one year from Dec. 28 to Dec. 27, 2018

• Approve a change to the annual term contract with Moseley Architects to provide architectural and engineering services for an additional year from Jan. 11 to Jan 10, 2019

• Reappoint David Feiring to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a 5-year term ending Dec. 31, 2022

• Reappoint John Vance to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission for a 3-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020

• Reappoint Robert Myers and Hugh Henry to the Warren County Planning Commission for 4-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2021

• Appoint Lorraine Brandon to the Social Services Advisory Board for a 4-year term ending Dec. 31, 2021

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