|The Saint Croix Odyssey specialty rescue has a solar panel battery charger.|
Saint Croix Rescue, which operates on the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, has purchased a specialty rescue vehicle from Odyssey Emergency Vehicles in New Jersey.
Saint Croix Chief Greg Richards said he heard positive reviews of Odyssey from other departments in the Caribbean islands that bought units from the company.
The design was developed through meetings with members of Saint Croix Rescue and conversations with Larry Kahan, Odyssey’s president.
The department settled on a 2009 F-550 4×4 with a 4-door cab to hold up to 5 members and a diesel engine. The body is manufactured from high-grade aluminum. Seven compartments were designed to hold tools, medical supplies, lighting and other equipment. Built into the front bumper is a 12,000-pound winch, and the truck is wired for an additional portable winch.
The unit has a 12,000-watt PTO generator, a 4,000-watt pneumatic light tower on the roof, a rear mounted removable tripod light and a built-in compressor for air-powered tools.
In the cab is a custom console to control LED emergency lighting and support communications equipment and an onboard computer system. When the unit is parked, it takes advantage of Caribbean sun through a solar panel battery charger on the roof.
The new unit replaces a 21-year-old first line rescue truck.
Odyssey of Wharton N.J. manufactures first response EMS units, command units and specialty vehicles. For information, go to www.odysseyauto.com.