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Monday, 17 August 2015 10:51

New Ambulances Arrive on Fort Myers Beach

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Captain Randy Kraus sits in one of the three new ambulances that were delivered to FMB Fire Control District Station 32 on August 11th. He is sitting in a forward-facing action seat, where he can reach both the patient and the equipment needed to aid them without getting up while the vehicle is in motion. Captain Randy Kraus sits in one of the three new ambulances that were delivered to FMB Fire Control District Station 32 on August 11th. He is sitting in a forward-facing action seat, where he can reach both the patient and the equipment needed to aid them without getting up while the vehicle is in motion.

Emergency services on Fort Myers Beach have received an upgrade, as each of the three stations received brand new ambulances this past Tuesday, August 11th.

Constructed by Braun, and placed on a Ford F450 chassis, each of the new ambulances came in at around a cost of $190 thousand. The original budget set last summer allocated $600 thousand in total for the purchase.

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.”

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