Ambulance fleet down to five

POSTED: 06/21/12 1:00 PM

CAY HILL- The St.Maarten Ambulance Department is still fully functional with five ambulances in active service. So says department head Cylred Richardson following a public auction of one of the division’s emergency vehicles.

The auction took place at the Fire and Ambulance building in Cay Hill on June 8. The Receiver’s Office conducted the auction for the white Ford E-350 2003 model. It was sold to the highest bidder under the conditions of “as is, where is” where only a cash payment or certified bank guaranteed cheques would have been accepted.

Richardson said that he was unaware of who the new ambulance has gone to and at what price, since the entire process was handled by the Receiver’s department.

“In such a situation, it is government’s property and we had some people who were behind us to purchase the unit. Because of the system that we have here the Receiver’s office was totally in charge of that.”

Tax Marshal Michael Bremer, who was responsible for the sale, could not be reached while staff at the Receiver’s declined to give out any information on the public auction.

“It was an older unit that we have not used for more than a year and a half. Currently we have five units. That was the sixth and we were not making use of,” Richardson explained.

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