Starke Council Sets Maximum Ambulance Purchase Amount


Starke County EMS Director Keith Emigh can proceed with the purchase of an ambulance.

Earlier this month, the Starke County commissioners recommended taking money from the county’s rainy day fund to make the purchase. Last night, Emigh brought several price quotes for new and demo rigs to the county council for consideration. Starke County’s last ambulance purchase was made in 2013.

Emigh says the trucks in his fleet span the last 20 years in age: from a 1998 ambulance with a 1988 box to a problem-free 2013 rig with 58,000 miles. A 2003 ambulance with 167,000 miles, and a 2009 truck with a history of mechanical problems round out the fleet.

The council reviewed the quotes Emigh obtained from various dealers and set a maximum purchase price of $122,476 for the truck. Existing equipment will be used in the rig after it is delivered.