May 21, 2018
Dare County EMS Add New 4WD Ambulances to Fleet
in time for the start of the busy summer season in Dare County, the
Department of Emergency Medical Services has replaced three older model
ambulances with state of the art ambulances to better serve the
community. Answering the needs of 30,000 year-round residents and a
weekly visiting population of 300,000, EMS staff is excited for the
improvements to service the ambulances bring for both employees and
new ambulances sit on Ford F-450 4x4 chassis. The 4x4 ambulances will
provide additional options when roads, including NC12 to Hatteras,
become impassable due to overwash and other weather related adverse
driving conditions. The new models have improved truck handling and
smoother rides in the patient compartment thanks to liquid spring
suspension. The liquid spring suspension automatically and
instantaneously levels the load and compensates for movements while
maneuvering the vehicle.
new units meet current industry standards for safety, especially new
stringent standards related to crash tests. These new standards have
resulted in improvements in responder and patient safety,” remarked
Chief Jennie Collins.
new ambulance stretchers can accommodate up to 700 pounds and a new
fastener system automatically lifts the patient up to the loading level
of the ambulance. Previous model ambulances had doors opening out into
roadways, the new EZ Glide doors will slide open down the side of the
ambulance mitigating risks to employees and damage to doors from high
winds frequent in Dare County.
the course of a year, staff on the EMS Ambulance Build Workgroup
researched and reviewed manufacturers, the latest technological
advances and design options as well as spoke to other EMS agencies
about recent purchase experiences. The workgroup selected a
manufacturer, designed the new units, then selected the options and
features to meet the needs of staff and the comfort and safety of
patients. Members of the EMS Ambulance Build Workgroup include Captain
Jeff Mitchell, Lieutenant Steve Burritt, Advanced EMT Bill Laricos,
Paramedic Kristen (Weaver) Burritt, Paramedic Lee Goldman and Paramedic
out the new ambulances, get a free blood pressure check and meet EMS
staff at the EMS Week Open Houses on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. at Station 1 in Kill Devil Hills, Station 2 in Manteo and
Station 3 in Buxton. More information is available at darenc.com/ems.