06/26/08 36 W, 1 I - + 9 - 16 Custom Chassis Ambulance

From a reader, here's something new and exciting, a Spartan/Braun custom chassis ambulance. It's their Furion chassis. Read the JEMS product preview. More about Spartan. More about Braun. Click to enlarge:

Miami-Dade has one, http://forums.firehouse.com/attachment.p... $247,000, says one discussion board.
Legeros - 06/26/08 - 17:53


No doubt costly for now (remember when VHS players were over $1,000.00?). But maybe this is a good step in light of the reliability (not!) provided by the commercially available chassis up to now. Having used Ford, GM, IHC, and Freightshakers for several years, I have yet to be impressed by the durability and dependability of these vehicles. We’ll see how it works out.

Maybe Pierce is next with a custom chassis for Med-Tec.
DJ (Email) - 06/26/08 - 18:39

Now if the ambulance industry will get serious about designing modules and using materials geared for the years of service that this chassis is intended for. Nice concept – nice price. Metro-Dade (operating a crew of 3 on their “rescues”) was to have put this unit in service in mid-June. Will be interesting to read the reviews in a year or so.

I’ll keep my money on the Freightliners for now… at least they aren’t Ford.
Olson - 06/26/08 - 18:55

We had one demoed here in Dekalb Co. a couple weeks ago,and from the word out of HQ was that they were very impressed with them in design features and turning radius.We will see what the outcome is since we are getting ready to buy 10 new rescues..
Jim Kay - 06/26/08 - 20:36

I will echo the comments “at least they are not Fords”. And I agree with the comments about the module construction. There is no excuse for modules to be making as much ‘rattle noise’ after only a few months of service. Even with relatively light service, it is amazing how noisy the current crops of ambulances out there really are. And how undependable various components are (the overhead interior lights come to mind).

My own experience with medium duty chassis is from a hospital-based service covering several Sandhills area counties (mostly used units) and a small municipal service to the east (a single new unit). Granted they are not E350s and E450s, but I still believe that there should be better alternatives out there, given the number of EMS runs every year (and it is going up as we type/read), than those that involve us having to make poor adaptations and ‘make do’.
DJ (Email) - 06/26/08 - 21:48

Jim Kay, when you see “rescues”, we say “ambulances”, correct? Sort of like Miami-Dade, but they are staffed with an officer & 2 and at fires they do go to work. Are you guys on the same type system?
Silver - 06/27/08 - 09:59

Hey Silver,Yes we function in the same way,with the exception that we run with 2 (1 Firemedic and 1 FF)and usually go in and perform a primary along w/fire attack,and as a crew we carry a set of irons and a puller.On a single family residense we respond with 3 engines, 1 truck, Heavy Rscue, Rescue(ambo),Squad, 2 B/C’s, on report of working fire Air truck gets added.On an Apt. fire or Commercial job a 2nd Truck is added to the assignment.Now let me clarify for you.A Squad is a Rescue Capt. and FF.They are on a F550 w/utility body and carry extra equipment.There is 1 per Batt.,with the exception of Batt.3 were we have 2 due to the call load.The second BC operates as the safety Officer.We currently operate from 26 Stations staffing 22 Engines, 4 Quints 70’, 7 Truck Co’s (3 100’ TDA’s, 3 95’ Sutphens and 1 70’ Sutphen) 19 Rescues, 6 Squads, 1 Heavy Rescue,2 HazMat Trucks and 5 BC’s 2 Air Trucks and 1 ARFF Truck and a number of specialty units.Oh yea we also have a Dozer.
J. Kay - 06/27/08 - 12:56

A dozer? NICE!!
Silver - 06/27/08 - 15:54

Hey Jeff,
Yes a Dozer…That’s what I said too..It’s at station 17 in the far SE side of the county,They are our wildland team.The Heavy Rescue is at Sta.24 as is the GSAR truck (Georgia Search and Rescue)1 of 10 in Georgia.Here’s a link that explains the system http://gov.georgia.gov/00/press/detail/0..
The Dog team is at Sta.21 and forgot to mention we have an on duty asst. chief also (Car 7) feel free to listen in at scandekalb.com
J. Kay - 06/27/08 - 16:24

Bet the Fire Commission will want some dozers in a few years for Wake County
Dashlight - 06/27/08 - 16:34

LOL. If you can’t get the staff to put out the house fire just cut a line around the subdivision.
DRT - 06/27/08 - 16:39

Don’t give ‘em any ideas, the geniuses that manage the money but have no clue about the fire servic might say “hey, we can just staff a dozer with one versus a fire engine with four”?
Silver - 06/27/08 - 23:27

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