Lingle Fire Department eyes grants funds for new ambulance

Tom Milstead/Lingle Guide Lingle Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kasey Bangerter told the Lingle Town Council his department is pursuing grant funds for a new ambulance.

LINGLE – The Lingle Volunteer Fire Department has its eyes on a new ambulance, and the Lingle Town Council pledged its support for the department’s efforts during the LTC’s meeting Wednesday evening.

Chief Kasey Bangerter told the council that he and his fellow firefighters are planning on submitting an application for a Mineral Royalties Grant through the State Land and Investment Board to purchase a new ambulance. 

“We talked a little bit about going to the SLIB board for a grant,” Bangerter said. “We’ve been working on it, and we finally got a hold of somebody a week ago and they dropped the bomb on us that the paperwork has to be in by the end of this month.”

Bangerter said the new rig will cost between $160,000 and $180,000. He said the Rural Fire Board would likely be able to chip in $20,000 for the grant’s matching requirements, while the LVFD could muster $5,000. 

“We’ve got about $20,000 that the rural board is going to throw in, and the fire department has about $5,000 of our own money that has been earmarked for an ambulance,” he said. “I want to ask if the town has any money they can put it in? I have to ask because we fill out the application and they kind of want to see a little skin in the game.”

Mayor George Siglin told Bangerter he would work with Clerk-Treasurer Rich Reyes to match the fire board’s contribution.  

“The town should be involved,” he said. “I don’t why we couldn’t match the rural on that. I’ll have to get with the treasurer on that. We’ll see if we can do that.”

Bangerter said he’s been in talks with several ambulance manufacturers to procure a bid for the new apparatus, and that a “bare bones” model would be around $160,000. 

Councilwoman Brandie Cook voiced concern about getting the base model, and encouraged Bangerter to look at a more advanced model.  

“I don’t really want us to go bare bones because then we’re going to be in the same position we’re in,” she said. “Everything is going to be outdated. If we can afford to do a little more, it would be great.”

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