1757 Ambulance – 2011 Ford F-450 4WD MedTec
In late 2011, the District added to its fleet a 2011 Ford F-450 four-wheel-drive MedTec ambulance. Due to the varying terrains which encompass the District, EMS personnel wanted to include increased service capabilities by adding the “all wheel” drive concept to the District’s ambulance operations. The Ford F-450 chassis has also allowed MFPD a savings of approximately $25,000 over that of the medium chassis the District has previously utilized. Time will certainly be a determining factor in deciding whether the District will be able to continue its ambulance services with the lighter chassis.
The patient compartment is ergonomically designed to better assist District paramedics in the overall treatment of their patients by organizing several drawers/cabinets which contain treatment adjuncts and medications to increase efficiencies in the total patient care environment. The ambulance also has an inverter which allows for 120 volt electrical capabilities to provide electrical service for equipment charging and home healthcare equipment that is becoming much more prevalent in the community.