Lisbon fire ambulance is reconstructed

November 13, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

The Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department has reconstructed its ambulance -- badly damaged in a wreck last year -- adding a

variety of new features, as well as improved handling.

"It's great, has a new chassis, air brakes," said Lt. Matt Pollack.

In July 1996, the company's ambulance was involved in an accident that destroyed its chassis, so the Fire Department had the old "box" -- the patient area -- put on a new pickup truck, Pollack said.

It cost $65,000 to repair the box and put it on the chassis of a 1997 International 4700.

The ambulance, delivered last month, has air brakes and a tighter turning radius. Both make the truck safer and easier to drive. "We can get into much tougher spots now," Pollack said.

The reconditioned truck also has a new heart monitor that can take 12 different views of the heart and offer a better diagnosis of heart attacks.

The company's drivers had to train for two weeks before they could get behind the wheel of the ambulance, which has been used on 50 calls so far, Pollack said.

Since the accident, paramedics have been using a reserve ambulance, considered an inferior model.

"After using the new one for a while, everyone really appreciates" the reconditioned one, Pollack said.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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