UMC EMS Upgrades Fleet With 9 New Ambulances

Published 01/24 2014 05:58PM

Updated 01/24 2014 06:20PM

By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK- Chris Teague, Director of Lubbock EMS said it's been 3 years since they've gotten new trucks and it was high time for some new ones.

"This is the backbone of an EMS service is trying to get the patient to the hospital in an appropriate amount of time and trying to have the right equipment to do so," said Teague. "That's what we're trying to do is keep replenishing that fleet and keep the fleet up to date."

Teague said they put 50 to 60 thousand miles on each truck every year.

He says the new ones are more durable and will last longer. 

"The overall system itself is an upgrade. The engine is an upgrade to handle more weight and abuse you might say as far as the mileage that's put on it and that sort of thing."

Some of the new features inside the new trucks are a fully LED lighting system, anti-microbial handle bars, and a more durable floor.

The trucks also have wi-fi and can transmit information from the truck to the hospital.

"Goal is to have 17 front line trucks throughout the county and to have 50% backup as well."

Not including the trade-in of the old trucks, Teague said the trucks cost $168,000 and once all the new equipment is put in, each truck will be worth a quarter of a million dollars.

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