MANCHESTER — What's sparkling white, emblazoned with a bold, red stripe, and embossed with gold and red lettering?
No, not a sports car for a graduate nor dad's recreational vehicle spruced up for the weekend.
Rather, it's a dream whose time has arrived. A goal envisioned 15years ago will become reality Saturday when the Manchester VolunteerFire Department officially puts its new ambulance on the road.
The ambulance will serve the Manchester area and assist Hampstead and Lineboro ambulance units, which, "with the growing population, had more than they could handle," said Clyde Kreitzer, president of the Manchester squad.
The Rev. Mark Schlichter, the department's chaplain,will officiate at a brief dedication at the carnival grounds at noonSaturday in conjunction with Manchester Day festivities.
The firecompany's Ambulance Committee decided in January to buy the 1991 Ford Diesel Mobile Medical Ambulance Type 3 after surveying five companies' models.
"Service was a big thing" in making the decision, saidFire Chief Donald Nott, a committee member. "It's time we show our community we care."
Committee member Marianne Warehime said the panel liked the vehicle's size, arrangement of equipment and smooth ride.
The ambulance is equipped with a two-way radio, trauma dressings, crash axes, a cardio-pulmonary resuscitator and other emergency equipment.
"I think it's going to be a big improvement, time-wise, inservice to the community because of the population explosion," she said.
The vehicle's $77,000 cost, plus about $15,000 for basic life-support supplies has been paid through a fire department ambulance fund established 15 years ago.