03/13/10 63 W, 1 I - + 9 - 3 Cary EMS Truck 3

This remounted ambulance body on a 2010 Chevrolet G4500 chassis was recently received by Cary EMS. The many years-old Medtec modular body was previously mounted on old 573. The new truck is designated Truck 3, and is presently assigned the Wake County EMS System unit number of EMS 56. Read more about the Cary EMS fleet.

So is the SFEMS (121)?truck a remount? I saw a Chevy chasis recently I thought. By the way do the Chevy’s come
with a Dura Max diesel or are they gas engines?
Curious - 03/14/10 - 13:52

What is the cost savings for a remount versus and entirely new vehicle? And more importantly, is it worth the savings??
Dean Witter - 03/14/10 - 13:57

Medtech ambulance boxes have a lifetime warranty. As long as you supply the new cutaway front, they will remount the box for free.
I own an ambulance - 03/14/10 - 16:30

SFEMS 121 and 124 are new boxes and chassis and the Chevys have Dura Max diesels. The Ford PowerStroke, particularly in the E series chassis, has been terribly problematic for years. As to the savings, it is probably around $30k- $40k. There are advantages to doing it, mainly cost, but there are disadvantages as well. I think though, in these economic times, agencies should look hard a remounts. If the box is in good condition, then is can work. The way a lot of EMS agencies treat the chassis, it is good for about 100k miles then it is junk. In some services, where the staff has no pride in the trucks and don’t care about them, they are torn all to pieces by 50k.
DJ - 03/14/10 - 17:07

Medtec will remount the boxes for free. How can they eat the remount cost which is atleast 15-20K for the basic.
confused - 03/15/10 - 17:14

There are conflicting data about the cost-efficiency of re-mounting, depending on the use of your equipment. For units that age out, but are not worn out, re-mounting can be a good deal. You get a new chassis for a relatively new, serviceable box. If you’re talking about a heavily used unit, the box often starts to fail before the chassis. Re-mounting a bad box produces no real bargain.

I hate that – the answer is “it depends.”
CH100 (Email) - 03/17/10 - 15:32

There are certainly variables in this. As for a free remount… you are paying somewhere. I will say that departments using Excellance ambulances have had impressive results with their remount program. They utilize all welded aluminum bodies and interior cabinetry. They have a lifetime warranty on structural integrity. You do pay a pretty penny up front but each remount saves $30K or so. Medic in Charlotte runs Excellance as well.
Rode a bus - 03/18/10 - 00:00

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