OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue recently added two new advanced life support ambulance units. Both ambulances are 2016 International AEV Type 1 modular body ambulances manufactured by ETR vehicles. Some of the ambulance features are LED internal and emergency lighting, Roof Top 110 V A/C and a refrigerator to store medications which are kept on board.
“We are very pleased to announce these new ALS units have been added to our inventory,” said Chief Ralph Franklin. “I also want to thank the citizens and commissioners for their support in modernizing our fleet. We can look forward to these state-of-the-art units serving Okeechobee County citizens and visitors for years to come.”
These are the first new ambulances purchased since 2004. In previous years, old ambulance units were refurbished in lieu of replacement. Both of these units were paid for using EMS funds and are replacing a 1993 with 150,000 miles. A 1999 ambulance is being repurposed for fleet maintenance to create a roadside assistance vehicle. The 1993 will be sold at auction and those funds returned to the EMS budget.
These new units will be assigned to Station 1 on Sixth Street and Station 2 in Treasure Island which are the two busiest stations in the county.
You can expect to see these new units on the road before Christmas after the installation of radios, computers and equipment. They will also be sporting a new color scheme which was chosen by Okeechobee County Fire Rescue employees.
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