According to the city, the switch is due, in large part, to the ambulance’s inability to go the distance. Quite literally. The ambulance, which cost $186,175, is only averaging 82 miles to 136 miles per tank; with the range decreasing even further in warmer weather. Riverside County and federal requirements stipulate that ambulances must be able to travel 250 miles before refueling.
The Desert Sun cites an internal memo from Division Chief Dorian Cooley showing the city never told ambulance manufacturer, BAF Technologies, how far the ambulance was required to travel before refueling.
In addition to the town’s CNG ambulance problems, they also purchased a bucket truck that cannot be fixed locally. The $131,000 truck was purchased in 2009 and converted for use with alternative fuels at a cost of an additional $19,000. But the truck continues to break down from propane making its way into the water line. The truck was successfully fixed in January to only break down, again, on a freeway in February. At this point, it is still unusable.
Join the Conversation