Delhi Township will retrofit an ambulance in its current fleet through upgrades to the interior and exterior of the life-saving vehicle. The upgrades, made possible by the voter approved Renew, Repair, Restore millage, will help improve response times, enhance public safety and save taxpayer dollars.
“Every second counts when it comes to saving lives, which is why these upgrades are necessary,” said Delhi Township Fire Chief Brian Ball. “By repairing this ambulance, rather than purchasing a new one, we are saving nearly $90,000 while improving response time and enhancing the quality of service we provide our residents.”
Upgrades to the ambulance were made possible through a millage approved by Delhi Township voters last November, which dedicated funds to repairing fire department equipment and vehicles. The township will save approximately $90,000 by retrofitting the ambulance, as opposed to purchasing a new one.
The ambulance shell will be removed from its old chassis and placed on a new truck chassis, allowing for easier access for maintenance purposes. The retrofitting process renews the ambulance’s warranties and extends the life of the ambulance. Other upgrades include a new floor, door handles, and updated exterior lighting. Additionally, the ambulance will be repainted, and all electrical systems will be inspected.
The interior of the ambulance will also receive efficiency upgrades including a Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS) CPR machine, a chest compression machine that will help Delhi first responders deliver consistent chest compressions to cardiac arrest patients. The ambulance upgrades will be completed in 2020.
“Chief Ball’s decision to retrofit this ambulance to meet the Fire Department’s needs is an example of our commitment to being good fiscal stewards of township resources,” said Tracy Miller, Delhi Township manager. “The upgrades made to this ambulance will help the fire department improve the quality of service they provide residents in life-threatening situations.”