- August 23, 2016

Chief To Upgrade Emergency Gear

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Teton County’s emergency officials are putting money where their mouths are as they seek approval to purchase upgraded equipment today.

County commissioners will hear requests for breathing gear for firefighters, a new ambulance, and a new SUV for the fire department.

About 55,000 dollars has been requested for the purchase of ten Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, known as SCBA packs. The purchase would be part of a plan that seeks to replace 8 to ten of the departments 115 units each year.

Fire Chief Willy Watsabaugh is also asking to replace the Fire Marshall’s vehicle. The department is proposing a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 from Teton Motors for the amount of $29,445.00.

The current vehicle is 11 years old and has over 100000 miles on it.

Watsabaugh also want to move an existing 2006 ambulance with 88,000 miles of use into reserves and replace it with a modern and more useful vehicle.

The Chief is proposing a high quality and more efficient ambulance that meets current and new medical and operational protocols The new emergency vehicle costs 181,000 dollars and will be delivered by Braun Northwest of Washington state. The Ambulance will also be fitted with a powered gurney for an additional 38000 dollars. All monies for the upgrades had previously been budgeted.