JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) -The Jacksonville Fire Department believes new ambulances will provide even better service to the community and to make each second count when it comes to saving lives.
Jacksonville Fire Department is unveiling a new look for their ambulances.
”We’re very excited. We’ve wanted the red ambulance to be part of the fire system for a long time here in Jacksonville," said Jacksonville Chief Keith Fortner.
It’s a new safety conscious design that has been rolled out to help everyone on the road see the ambulances better. The new look features enhanced black reflective striping. The rigs also come equipped with LED emergency lighting on all four sides.
“Having more reflectivity to the ambulance along with the LED lighting it’s going to make the flow of traffic better,” explains Fortner.
The new vehicles are equipped with automatic power lift gurneys and a power-load system which will be smoother for the patient and less strain on the first responders.
“The better equipment that we have on this fleet of ambulances makes the flow and ease of our job,” adds Fortner.
Fortner says the new 2019 models represent the city’s commitment in providing the community with the best possible medical response and patient care.
“As the fire chief [I] can lay my head down at night knowing that the citizens have highly trained individuals with great equipment coming their way to serve them," said Fortner. “It is the number one priority."
Fire officials say the new rigs and equipment will allow the fire department to provide a higher standard of care before the patient reaches the hospital.
“We know that when we come out of the bay and were headed out for a 911 emergency, we don’t have beat-up equipment. We have brand new state-of-the-art technology that we can rely on,” said Fortner.
The Jacksonville City Council approved the purchase of the brand-new ambulances for the fire department during the 2018 - 2019 operational budget.
Each one costs around $160,000.