EAST CHICAGO | The city is selling its fleet of ambulances which have not been used since emergency medical services were privatized earlier this year.
Six ambulances and attached equipment were declared surplus by the Board of Public Works last week, and will be advertised on the state of Indiana online auction site.
Two of the advanced life support vehicles were purchased new in 2009 at a cost of $140,000 each.
East Chicago turned medical transportation duties over to Highland-based Prompt Medical Services in April as a cost-cutting move, discharging 34 full- and part-time medics formerly part of the city's Fire Department.
The ambulances and paramedics responded to 5,211 calls in 2011.
Since May, the vehicles have been parked at the Central Fire Station on Indianapolis Boulevard.
City Attorney Carla Morgan said Fire Department officials also will advertise the sale of the ambulances to other municipalities as well as the public.