Members of the fire and rescue department unveiled Northwood’s new ambulance to the public, a piece of apparatus officials said will enhance the department’s ability to respond to emergencies and could cut down its reliance on mutual aid services.
The ambulance, a 2013 Ford F-550 built by American Emergency Vehicles, was delivered about four weeks ago, Northwood Fire Chief Jim Lindquist said. It will serve as the town’s primary ambulance, replacing a 2007 Ford E-450, which will become a backup ambulance. The addition of the new emergency response vehicle, Lindquist said, will mark the first time in many years the department has had two ambulances in service.
The ambulance, whose purchase was approved by voters in town last March, cost about $199,000, Lindquist said. It’s outfitted with advance life support equipment and is designed to respond to mass casualty incidents.
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