Credit: Contributed photo / Robyn Crosby
Syringa’s new ambulance is four-wheel drive.
As of Tuesday, June 17, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — There is a new addition to the Syringa EMT team … a new ambulance.
This new four-wheel drive ambulance came with a price tag of $138,000. Of this, $108,500 was paid for by the Idaho EMS Dedicated Grant Fund; a competitive grant provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ambulances don’t typically come with a four-wheel drive option, but due to the ever-changing service area of the Grangeville EMT, it has become a necessity. The new rig, which sits on a Ford F450 chassis, was custom built in the Pacific Northwest for the needs of a Grangeville EMT. Because it sits higher than the two-wheel drive version the new ambulance was ordered with “liquid spring” suspension. This special order suspension enables the ambulance to “kneel” when the back doors open to accommodate loading of patients.
In addition, the ambulance will be equipped with a new $14,000 power gurney which was purchased by the Grangeville EMT Association (GEMTA). The gurney is expected to help lower back injuries to EMTs which is commonly associated with lifting gurneys.
The ambulance that was previously in the No. 1 position has been placed in the No. 2 position. This means that the old ambulance will be used for inter-facility transports and back up when there are multiple injury calls or a second call comes in while No. 1 is in the field. The ambulance that was in No. 2 position, which is 10 years old and has 115,000 miles, will be sold.