Units on display at the “Blessing of the Beast” on March 9, 2015
Nashville, TN—In partnership with an extensive dealer network, Braun Industries delivers hundreds of custom, handcrafted emergency vehicles each year. Many of the country’s largest fire and EMS departments purchase Braun Ambulances because they are “Built for Life” and can stand up to the rigorous demands of a high call volume. On March 9, 2015, representatives from Braun Industries were on site to attend the Nashville (TN) Fire Department’s “Blessing of the Beast,” an Apparatus Honors Ceremony. There, the department christened seven new Braun Super Chief ambulances delivered in January. The ceremony was the first of its kind for ambulances at the department.
The Emergency Medical Services Bureau of the Nashville Dire Department was established in 1974. Today the department responds to more than 80,000 medical emergencies annually. There are 22 Paramedic advanced life support ambulances on duty, staffed by a team of dedicated paramedics and EMTs. The majority of the new Super Chief ambulances will become part of Nashville’s static and reserve fleet of ambulances. At the ceremony, ambulances were assigned into service accordingly: Medic 3 to Station 3 at 850 Meridian Avenue, Medic 4 to Station 4 at 511 Harding Place, Medic 5 to Station 5 at 601 2nd Avenue South, Medic 10 to Station 10 at 15530 Old Hickory Boulevard, Medic 28 to Station 28 at 2394 Lebanon Road, Medic 29 to Station 29 at 4201 Gallatin Road, and Medic 41 to Station 41 at 105 Long Hollow Pike. Medic 5 was also dedicated in the memory of Paramedic Eddie Montgomery, who gave his life in an attempt to save others while serving on Medic 5on January 14, 1980.
Representatives from the Nashville Fire Department, Emergency Equipment Professionals, and Braun Industries worked closely together to thoughtfully lay out and design the department’s new ambulance units. Emergency Equipment Professionals is the local Braun ambulance dealership; Rob Cartee was the EEP Ambulance Sales Representative working with Nashville Fire Department from the dealer-end. Input was also given by Nashville Fire Department’s Internet Technology Services Sector, Metros Internet Technology Services, the Nashville Fire Department Office of Fleet Management, Metro Radio Services, and Neely-Coble Freightliner.
All seven Braun Super Chief ambulances are identical. They feature a 171″ module built on a 2015 Freightliner M2 chassis. The ambulances include LED interior and exterior strip lighting, transverse backboard storage, a diamond plate floor, a five-point harness on the squad bench and CPR seat, exterior power distribution quarters, a custom radio cabinet, and a custom floor console.
“It was a pleasure to work with the City of Nashville Fire Department on this project,” says Braun Regional Sales Manager, Eric Wilcox. “Chief Bryan Jones and the entire crew did an exceptional job of creating specs for their unit and ensuring the paramedics and EMTs of their department have the latest and greatest there is to offer in technology and safety. The units themselves are very custom and specific to the needs of the Nashville Fire Department. I and everyone here at Braun are looking forward to a long relationship with Nashville Fire Department.”
For more information, visit www.BraunAmbulances.com.