This ambulance is a Horton-manufactured body mounted on a 2012 International TerraStarr Chassis that will be identified as EMS17 and stationed at Station 400 in Centreville. In an effort to continue to provide top-of-the-line care and service to the citizens of the county, this vehicle will also reduce maintenance costs and decrease out-of-service times of our aging fleet. The vehicle was previously a "demo unit," which provided additional savings while still offering state-of-the-art equipment.
The ambulance is a medium duty-rated vehicle, giving it great durability and a long expected lifespan. Designed to meet state and national standards for ambulance construction and safety, the interior also provides additional space for patient care. There are additional compartments from previous models to accommodate storage of increased standardized equipment, which includes medications, refrigerators, cardiac monitors, automatic ventilators, and protective gear.
This vehicle was purchased to replace EMS11, the first ambulance purchased by the EMS Division in 2007. EMS11 was assigned to Station 100 in Stevensville but had been recently relocated to Station 400 in Centreville and placed in reserve status. The vehicle was quickly approaching the end of its useful life as it had nearly 200,000 miles and 5 full years of service. The purchase of EMS17 was made in an effort to maintain a fleet of vehicles that are ready to respond 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
EMS17 has finished final preparations and transfer of medical equipment, radios, and protective gear. It has been placed in service as Paramedic 400 and available to respond since Friday, March 9th, 2012.
Additional pictures and specifications are available from the manufacturer's website found here.