ANDOVER — Village officials recently confirmed CARES Act grant funds to go to local businesses, Community Care Ambulance and the Andover Fire Department, said Andover Mayor Gerald Dibell.

Decisions were finalized during a recent council meeting. Andover Fiscal Officer Cathy Williams said the business grants went to several salons and Andover Sparkle Mart.

She said Community Care Ambulance received $10,000 and the Andover Fire Department $25,000.

Dibell said the CCA money would be used for the new Multi-Agency Radio Communication System or ventilators needed when  transporting patients to out-of-town hospitals since the Andover emergency room was closed during the spring and has not reopened.

Andover Fire Chief Mike Spencer said the department intends to purchase five new automated external defibrillators.

“We are going to be able to replace all our AED’s and update,” he said.

Spencer said the new systems will interface with the ones presently being used in Community Care Ambulance units. He said the department will be getting new jackets for all 24 firefighters.

The new jackets are bio-safe fluid protective jackets, Spencer said. He said the department will also be purchasing smaller items like soap dispensers.

The fire department is also in the final stages of putting together bids for a new fire engine.

“I have it narrowed down to two that I am looking at,” Spencer said. He said the new fire engine is expected to cost about $500,000 with the department paying some of the cost up front and financing the rest. He said he hopes to have the bids ready for advertisement by the end of the year.

Dibell said a concern over lost income tax revenue from the closing of Stateline Auto and the emergency room is likely to become more of an issue at the beginning of the next quarter in 2021. He said he hopes the emergency room will reopen or a replacement can be found.

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