(2) New Ambulances - Final Pics 2/18

Brian H

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May 25, 2010
296
Iowa
Here is a couple factory pictures of our 2 new Med Duty ambulances that we should be taking delivery of in the next 2 weeks.


The first is a 2011 International made by LifeLine in Iowa. This was ordered in March/April and due to emission changes there was a big delay on the chassis. All M series LED's and has a Pioneer for side scene lighting.


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The second is a 2010 International made by MedTec. This was to go on the line as a demo for Foster Coach in IL but due to our needs of another squad immediately we were able to purchase and make the changes we needed inside the box, the outside compartments and lighting couldn't be changed as they had already been cut. Has all Whelen LED lighting and about every option as it was to be a demo.


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Brian H

Member
May 25, 2010
296
Iowa
Both are configured the same on light colors


Front is R/C/R/C/B/C/B


Side Fenders are R/C split - only split lighthead


Front lower grille is R/R


Side Rear above wheel is B/B


Rear is R/R


B/B <--Reversed on Medtec as Brake lights are wired to the mid level lights


Rear T/A on both


Medtec has the Strip lights also along bottom of box, Driver side R/B/R, Passenger side is B/R/B. 900 Series LED flood lights
 

Station 3

Member
May 21, 2010
3,395
Edinburg Texas
I like it but when i worked EMS i always prefferd the Van units instead of the bigger ones. I dont know i just think they are a smoother ride and faster too. But those rigs look friken sweet also.
 

nerdly_dood

Member
Jun 15, 2010
2,312
Georgia
Why do some of the lights have such a slight blue tint?
 

HFD eng1ine

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Jul 27, 2010
974
Essex County. MA
the protective cover on them when they are new. you just peel it off, almost like tape
 

VolEms

Member
May 24, 2010
2,112
NY, USA
Station 3 said:
I like it but when i worked EMS i always prefferd the Van units instead of the bigger ones. I dont know i just think they are a smoother ride and faster too. But those rigs look friken sweet also.

Its smoother for the driver. If your the Tech in the back a box is always better to work in .
 

theolog

Member
Dec 27, 2010
731
North Carolina
I was an EMT for about 8 years. I much preferred vans until we had a trauma or a code. Any "real" call you want a box. But for standard granny totes and med calls, I'd rather have a van.


Boxes are the way to go though, generally, in the modern world. It's bizarre to me to see blue lights on a medic unit. I like it! Nice rigs.
 

kd0giz

Member
Jun 8, 2010
259
New Liberty IA
Foster coach does a good job with the demo units. I was on a service that had a nice type III unit that was one of their demos for 2006.
 

Brian H

Member
May 25, 2010
296
Iowa
Lifeline was delivered early this week and is in service. Assuming it's not cloudy tomorrow I'll try and get pictures of it. The Medtec is suppose to be picked up on Monday but due to the impending storm on our side Sunday and Monday it probably won't happen but we'll see. Will be nice to get them both in service and running 3 med duty squads and get rid of those F series that are money pits
 

nwiamedic

Member
May 21, 2010
89
Woodbury County, Iowa
Let me know how you guys like the medium duty trucks Brian. I know a service I was on had two of them, Internationals w/Road Rescue body... and they are in the process of going back to Type III trucks on the new E series or Chevy chassis. I never did like how they handled or road... but they looked friggin sweeeeet!
 

Mndlm

Member
Jun 14, 2010
128
Minnesota
Here in Minnesota, blue is now appearing on ambulances facing forward now. In the rear was just red and amber then couple of years ago blue was added to the rear of ambulances. The police units here are now are have blue forward facing like the majority of states. About mid 90's blue started on police units but were only on the left rear only.
 

Brian H

Member
May 25, 2010
296
Iowa
The medtec was delievered last week and went into service yesterday. The Lifeline has been in service for a couple weeks now. Everyone seems to like them, we already have a Freightliner so it's nothing new here. I'll try and get some pictures as soon as the weather clears up and I'm able to get some good shots of both of them
 

rwo978

Member
May 21, 2010
5,196
ND, USA
Mndlm said:
About mid 90's blue started on police units but were only on the left rear only.
You mean 'right' / passenger rear? There's a lot of depts that are still doing this. The full red/blue is very slowly taking off. And, this wasn't only police, it was all emergency vehicles... fire and ambulance included.
 

JohnMarcson

Administrator
May 7, 2010
11,043
Northwest Ohio
It's amazing how different colored lens 900s and clear lens M series looks next to each other. I think both look pretty slick.... but I prefer the old school "colored square" more I think.


Why 2 different manufacturers?
 

Brian H

Member
May 25, 2010
296
Iowa
JohnMarcson said:
It's amazing how different colored lens 900s and clear lens M series looks next to each other. I think both look pretty slick.... but I prefer the old school "colored square" more I think.

Why 2 different manufacturers?

The 2011 is a LifeLine(w/ M series LEDS) that was ordered last Feb/March? and when we ordered it they said they had a chassis that met our specs and that it would be completed in 45 days....Well long story short, the chassis was never there, they had to order it and it didn't come in until late October.


During this time frame our main transfer ambulance and 2nd 911 ambulance were a 2005 F450 w/ nearly 190k and 2002 Ford F450 w/ around 170k that were run a lot and had numerous problems.


At first, once we got the Lifelife ordered and on the line we were going to turn around and order a second. The problem like everyone else was having was the chassis shortage and wait time for them because of the emission changes. We went looking at other manufacturers and MedTec, which was 1 we traded, had a Demo that was going on the line and we had 3 weeks to make the changes we needed for our specs on the inside of the box but everything else had to stay the same, such as the lights. We lucked out though because the compartments were what we wanted.


We got both squads within 2 weeks of each other and we are now Ford free! 2 Internationals and a 2000 Freightliner
 

Respondcode3

Member
May 23, 2010
1,936
Northen Il USA
My department has had Medtec since 93 on Ford F series Freightliner one Ford E series and now 2009 Internationals. We have always bought from Foster coach. In those 18 years we have never had a problem. We run about 4500 calls a year with 3 medic units.
 

gman021

Member
Dec 8, 2010
648
CT
i personally love those "big" style ambulances over the f450's.


They look really nice, but lets get some vids up
 

Code3EMT

Member
Jun 16, 2010
75
California
calebsheltonmed23 said:
I like how the back windows are "tinted" with the SOL. It's good for patient privacy, IMO.

I concur. Tinted windows don't work when the rear inner lights are on and it's dark outside.
 

LLS

Member
May 23, 2010
517
NYC
Am i crazy, or does it look like in the factory that bus has Gen 1 red 900's and in the "in service" picture it has the super led 900's.......
 

HFD eng1ine

Member
Jul 27, 2010
974
Essex County. MA
LLS said:
Am i crazy, or does it look like in the factory that bus has Gen 1 red 900's and in the "in service" picture it has the super led 900's.......

You sir, would be crazy :D
 

JohnMarcson

Administrator
May 7, 2010
11,043
Northwest Ohio
LLS said:
Am i crazy, or does it look like in the factory that bus has Gen 1 red 900's and in the "in service" picture it has the super led 900's.......


I think it's just a camera effect.. some of the LEDs look grey/blue in the factory pic.
 

nerdly_dood

Member
Jun 15, 2010
2,312
Georgia
JohnMarcson said:
I think it's just a camera effect.. some of the LEDs look grey/blue in the factory pic.

The blue color in the first pictures is from a protective film over them, like tape, to protect them in the box. (Or something like that... at least thats what they said when i asked... see page 1)
 

LED

Member
May 25, 2010
616
New England, MA
Are the lightheads on the grill/fenders white led's, or colored with clear lenses. Just wondering since the rest of the lightheads have colored lenses.
 

Brian H

Member
May 25, 2010
296
Iowa
LED said:
Are the lightheads on the grill/fenders white led's, or colored with clear lenses. Just wondering since the rest of the lightheads have colored lenses.

They are split Red/White. Front was to be red but it didn't get changed and we left them that way
 

JohnMarcson

Administrator
May 7, 2010
11,043
Northwest Ohio
nerdly_dood said:
The blue color in the first pictures is from a protective film over them, like tape, to protect them in the box. (Or something like that... at least thats what they said when i asked... see page 1)


That makes sense... thanks for the info.
 

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