The difference from the old ambulances is immediately apparent just by the colors. Gone is the old color scheme, dominated by red. Now they come in fluorescent green, which Captain Randy Kraus says improves the visibility of the vehicles, especially in inclement weather. Improvements go beyond the surface, concentrating on patient and provider safety going into many aspects of the new vehicles design.
“This February, the National Fire Protection Agency put out their recommendations for the safety of patient and provider, and you’d think they were talking about our ambulances,” Kraus said, pointing out several features that included forward facing action seats for responders, as per National Highway Transit Authority recommendations, and stretchers that can be placed on tracks attached to the floor of the vehicle that are certified for a 40 mile-per-hour crash.
Kraus expressed relief that the new ambulances had finally arrived. “We can provide more reliable service for the beach, with less maintenance costs.” He said that those costs went through the roof on the old ambulances, which were prone to break down. “These new one’s are a strong manufacture.”