A new addition to the Grand Island Fire Department has made its debut.
The 2012 Chevy Type III ambulance joins Grand Island's fleet of 7 ambulances and 8 fire trucks. The latest model will replace the 1993 Ford Type III ambulance -- a change Grand Island paramedics say was needed.
Jared Stockwell works as an emergency responder and he says it's great to have new resources.
"We had ambulances that didn't work and some that were pretty old. Part of our fleet had aged out to the point where they weren't as reliable," said Stockwell.
EMS Division Chief Russ Blackburn says they need equipment they can count on, in order to respond efficiently.
"Medical calls have been on the rise in July and August. We hit some record numbers for responses in a month, but it's an emergency service. We have to be prepared for the high water mark as opposed to the everyday."
New features include LED lighting and pass-through compartments. Stockwell says new features will help them better serve the community.
"The new lights are brighter. They illuminate, especially at night or in storms, allowing us to see and be safe to see what we're working around," said Stockwell.
The new ambulance was purchased for $125,000. It replaces an older, more unreliable model which will soon make its way to auction.