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Ridgewood Emergency Service Members Welcome New Ambulance

The new ambulance arrives for the Ridgewood Emergency Services. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Savaria
The new ambulance arrives for the Ridgewood Emergency Services. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Savaria

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Ridgewood Emergency Services has added a new ambulance to its fleet.

Chief Tony Lillo announced the department purchased a new 2016 Ford F-450, four-wheel drive, Type I Horton ambulance from VCI Emergency Vehicles.

“In accordance with our fleet replacement plan, this new ambulance will replace a 2000 Ford E-450 Type III PL Custom ambulance, one that has been in service for 15 years, well beyond its expected replacement date," Lillo said.

Horton Emergency Vehicles Group, based in Grove City, Ohio, designed the state-of-the-art ambulance in conjunction with  Ridgewood Emergency Services officers. The vehicle was manufactured with improvements in design and safety for the emergency medical technicians and the patient.

Improvements include three-point restraints, privacy glass, airbags for EMTs in the patient compartment, as well as reverse cameras and blind spot cameras.

In 2015, Ridgewood Emergency Services responded to 1,704 requests for assistance. This amounts to 19,236 hours donated by the volunteers to the Village of Ridgewood on active duty. This does not include time spent on training, meetings, and meeting and event preparation.

As a volunteer organization, Ridgewood Emergency Services always is looking for those who would love to serve their community. If you are interested in becoming a member, a tour of its facility is highly recommended by calling (201) 670-5589 or by e-mailing membership@ridgewood911.org.

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