Kankakee's new ambulance

Michael Costanza, who is the director of media and cultural affairs for the City of Kankakee, takes a photograph of Kankakee mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong and fire personnel from the City of Kankakee in front of a new ambulance acquired by the city.

A new ambulance went into service for the Kankakee Fire Department today.

Interim Chief Damon Schuldt made it a goal to replace a 15-year-old ambulance with more than 21,000 hours in service. The department has four ambulances total.

"This was a win-win for the public and the citizens of Kankakee," Schuldt said.

The purchase price of the 2017 Ford F-450 four-wheel drive ambulance was $160,000.

Schuldt said that was $20,000 less since it was a "demo" model and the department took quick delivery.

The ambulance was made by the Wheeled Coach Company and purchased through Fire Service Inc.

With the support of Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong, the Kankakee City Council approved the purchase in July.

Just as quick was getting the ambulance ready to put in service within six days of taking delivery. It usually takes two weeks to a month to get an ambulance into service, Schuldt said.

Several firefighters, as well as local businesses and agencies, made that possible, he said.

"This was a team effort and many of the members had input into this ambulance," Schuldt said.

"The amount of hard work and extra effort by the members of the Kankakee Fire Department in bringing this project together exhibits their pride and dedication to the department and the citizens of Kankakee."

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