MONCTON, NB – The ambulances of today are on their way out. Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) is transitioning its fleet of 134 ambulances from the current Ford E350 chassis to a Dodge Ram ProMaster. The first vehicles start serving patients in the coming days. As one vehicle comes to the end of its lease and is returned to the manufacturer, it will be replaced by the next generation ambulance.
The move to a new ambulance was a necessary change, said Danny Bulmer, ANB’s provincial fleet manager.
“We learned back in 2012 that by 2015 Ford would no longer be producing the vehicle we have been using,” said Bulmer. “We thought it was a great opportunity to not just move to a new make and model, but to re-imagine the interior of our ambulances as well, and come up with a design that would work even better to benefit our patients and employees.”
For the past two and a half years, ANB has been working together with paramedics in the field, New Brunswick’s Department of Health, and research and development team at Dieppe-based ambulance manufacturer Malley Industries to create an industry-leading ambulance.
“When we started down this road in 2012, we had three top priorities: to further enhance safety and comfort, to improve access to patients and equipment, and to optimize the interior space where paramedics spend their days treating patients,” said Jean-Marc Dugas, ANB Safety Programs Manager.
“Malley Industries is proud that we were able to provide our engineering and design expertise to this collaborative ambulance concept.” said Steen Gunderson, Vice President of Operations with Malley Industries. “This new, innovative ambulance concept will not only bring a greater degree of safety and efficiencies to the New Brunswick ambulance fleet, we believe it will set the bar for future ambulance designs.”
Here are a few of the new ambulance features:
• Significantly larger workspace
• Improved access to patient
• Improved access to equipment
• Easy-to-clean composite molded interior
• Energy-absorbent flexible interior for enhanced safety in a potential collision
Ambulance New Brunswick expects to introduce approximately 40 new Ram ProMaster vehicles to its fleet between now and the end of the fiscal year (March 31, 2016), as Ford models exit operations.
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