New State-of-the-Art Ambulance
By Donna M. Lyons
From Issue 52: Winter 2022
The Gardiner Fire District has a new ambulance as of November 22nd, 2021. This new 2021 Horton Model 603 Type 1 Ambulance on a 2021 Ford F-550 4X4 Diesel Chassis replaced the 2003 Type III Ford E-450 Ambulance that the residents of Gardiner would see around town.
The new ambulance has many state-of-the-art features including a Horton 360 view camera system (which includes a back-up camera), Induct 500- UV-C Light in the Heat & AC Duct in the patient’s compartment which continuously cleans the air to deter the spread of the virus, a Horton Occupant Protection System (seat belts that extend to give the EMTs a greater range of movement allowing them to work on the patient while protecting themselves), as well as more common features such as automatic folding mirrors, air bags in the patient compartment, reflective graphics wrap, dual on board oxygen tanks, and a custom cab console to house communication equipment.
As you may know, the ambulance is the most used vehicle in the Gardiner Fire Department fleet. In 2021 the fire department responded to 583 calls for assistance from our neighbors. Of these, the ambulance responded to 363 EMS calls dispatched for medical or trauma. The remaining 220 calls were dispatched for various other emergencies including car accidents, house fires, brush fires, carbon monoxide detector calls, automatic alarms, etc. to which the ambulance responds as well for the care and protection of our residents and responders. When the ambulance leaves the bay it is always staffed with a driver and at least one EMT.
The Gardiner Fire Department is a 100% volunteer organization that is here for you. Our officers and members are highly trained and fully equipped for the job. We want to thank you for your continued monetary support. Please follow us at our website: gardinerfireandrescue.org for upcoming events, fundraisers, and info on how to volunteer as a member.