Taijeron, Palacios Bill Would Transfer Funding From 911 Fund to Purchase Ambulances for GFD

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Guam – A measure introduced by Senators Silva-Taijeron and Palacios has identified $500-thousand dollars in the Enhanced 911 Fund which they propose using  to purchase ambulances for the Guam Fire Department and they propose

Bill 197 states that the funding exists in the Enhanced 911 (E911) Emergency Reporting System Fund and can be transferred to the GFD Capital Revolving Fund.

Read Bill 197

A release from Senator Silva-Taijeron’s Office quotes her as saying: “Bill 197-31 re-appropriates funding which will go directly to purchasing new ambulances. GFD has an aging ambulance fleet, many of which are in constant need of repairs.  It is critical that the department has the vehicles and equipment they need to properly treat and care for individuals who need medical attention.”

The release states that Sen. Silva-Taijeron met with representatives of  GFD prior to introducing the bill and that they expressed the need for transferring money into the Capital Revolving Fund. The release also states that GFD said they could buy at least five (5) ambulances with the $500-thousand dollars.

Read Senator Silva-Taijeron’s release in FULL below:

Bill 197-31 Transfers Funding to Purchase Ambulances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2010


Senators Mana Silva Taijeron and Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr., today introduced Bill 197-31 (COR) which identifies $500,000.00 to be used by the Guam Fire Department (GFD) to purchase ambulances.  The funding will be appropriated from the Enhanced 911 (E911) Emergency Reporting System Fund to the GFD Capital Revolving Fund.

“Bill 197-31 re-appropriates funding which will go directly to purchasing new ambulances,” said Sen. Silva Taijeron.  “GFD has an aging ambulance fleet, many of which are in constant need of repairs.  It is critical that the department has the vehicles and equipment they need to properly treat and care for individuals who need medical attention.”

In a prior meeting with Sen. Silva Taijeron, representatives of GFD expressed the need for transferring money into the Capital Revolving Fund for the specific purpose of purchasing ambulances.  Additionally, the representatives stated that at least five (5) ambulances can be purchased with the amount of funding outlined in the bill.

“Sen. Palacios and I want to thank the Guam Fire Department for working with us in drafting this important piece of legislation,” said Sen. Silva Taijeron.  “We must ensure that we continue our collective work to provide quality public service to our community.”

For additional information, please contact Jermaine Alerta at 989-6878, or e-mail alerta.jermaine@gmail.com.  Individuals may also visit www.senatormana.com.