The Reporter (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
BYLINE: By, Laurie Ritger
The Fond du Lac City Council voted unanimously this week to donate a 1999 city ambulance to the Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.
The donation of a retired ambulance paves the way for the Red Cross to donate its current Disaster Response Vehicle ambulance to Moraine Park Technical College for use in training Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students.
“This is truly a ‘win-win’ for all parties involved,” said Fond du Lac Fire Department Chief Peter O’Leary. “The city benefits by continuing to partner with the Red Cross in their mission to deliver reliable disaster relief to our community…, and MPTC gets a vehicle to help it train EMT students.”
O’Leary told City Council members a past sale of a 1999 model ambulance with about 17,000 more miles than the ambulance being sought by the Red Cross netted about $1,100.
He said the focus should not be on the proceeds that could occur with a sale, but the Red Cross’ service to the community.
“It’s almost an arm of ours,” the fire chief said, adding that no calls are “too big or too small” for the local Red Cross to respond.
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