NorthStar Upgrades with New Ambulance for Sugarloaf Base
October 16, 2007
Wade Browne, EMT and NorthStar's Sugarloaf base Office Manager, stands in front of the new ambulance.
NorthStar recently announced that it has taken delivery of a new ambulance for its Sugarloaf base. NorthStar's newest addition to its fleet of 12 ambulances and two paramedic intercept vehicles is a brand-new PL Custom ambulance delivered on October 15.
To keep costs (and subsidy contributions) as low as possible, NorthStar often reconditions the patient compartment in the ambulances and then reinstalls them on a new Ford chassis. However, according to David Robie, NorthStar's Executive Director, "We need to periodically bring totally new
vehicles into the rotation to assure that new technology and equipment are regularly introduced into the system. By assuring that our fleet is up to date, we can also save on maintenance costs."
The new ambulance, showing #20, has state-of-the-art equipment in the patient compartment, as well as safety features for the driver which include side and rear mounted cameras to eliminate blind spots.
With an up-to-date fleet and continual upgrades to equipment, NorthStar remains at the forefront of patient care in Maine. NorthStar is affiliated with Franklin Memorial Hospital. Information about NorthStar and the communities it serves can be found at www.fchn.org/NorthStar.
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