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Vale council green lights new ambulance purchase

Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando said the addition of a new ambulance for the fire department will be a good investment in the future. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

VALE – The Vale City Council has approved a plan to buy a new ambulance with federal Covid relief money.

The city will use almost all of the $200,000 in American Relief Act money it received to buy the new MXP170 ambulance from Apgar Ambulance, a Kalispell, Montana, firm.

The ambulance will replace a used emergency vehicle purchased last year that is prone to breakdowns, said Todd Fuller, Vale city manager.

“With our EMS, I don’t want to see these guys out on a call and get stranded because the city can’t pay for, or provide, good equipment,” said Fuller.

The council vote last . . .