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Freightliner Sprinter joins Elizabeth Township EMS fleet

| Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Inside Elizabeth Township Area EMS' new 2013 Freightliner Sprinter, Chief Chris Dell and paramedic Kim Torbert inventory medical supplies that remain on the ambulance for daily calls.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Elizabeth Township EMS recenly put into service a distinctly European-style 2013 Freightliner Sprinter.

If you call for an ambulance in Elizabeth Township and see something seemingly out of a James Bond movie roll your way, you're not hallucinating.

Elizabeth Township Area EMS recently displayed the newest addition to its fleet — a distinctly European-style 2013 Freightliner Sprinter.

Chief Chris Dell said that although the new ambulance maintains all of the same features and equipment that standard ambulances boast, there are plenty of differences between the Sprinter and more common modular models on the road today.

“The look of the exterior is very unique and the interior is laid out a little differently, too,” he said. “The spaciousness inside enables crew members to better perform their duties. The lighting system is all LED lights, which are brighter and demand less of the vehicle's electrical system, and the cabinetry enables ease of access for larger equipment that customarily is practically inaccessible in other ambulances.”

Dell said the EMS conducted extensive research prior to purchasing this latest replacement vehicle, but the safety and reliability of the $90,000 Sprinter were too impressive to pass up.

“It's one of the safest vehicles on the road,” he said. “The brake system is designed in a way that it can't tip over. If it starts to feel a lean to the left, the right side starts to grab a bit to prevent it from overturning. It's perfect for areas with sharp turns and steep driveways around here that modular ambulances sometimes struggle with.”

In fact, the only feature Dell jokingly said he isn't completely happy with is the common American-sounding siren.

“The next time we buy one, we're gonna make sure it has that (European) siren sound.”

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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