09/29/10 55 W, 1 I - + 12 - 6 New Ambulances For Wake County EMS

As photographed by Lee Wilson this week, here are a few of the eleven (!) new ambulances being delivered to Wake County EMS. They're Type III modular units with a 170-inch box on a Chevrolet 4500 chassis, built by McCoy Miller in Elkhart, IN. Click to enlarge:

Lee Wilson photo

I thought Wake EMS was buying all new heavy duty buses, similar to the current EMS 1?
wondering - 09/29/10 - 20:43

Yeah…agree with the above statement. But the Chevy’s look good. And why the switch from the Ford chassis on the type 3
Buckwheat - 09/29/10 - 21:42

Congrats to WCEMS. The trucks look great and I hope the Chevs will provide good service!
A.C. Rich - 09/29/10 - 22:43

Many EMS fleets have been having probelms mechanically with their ford chassis. these new chevy chassis are supposed to be better and more dependable.
charlie - 09/30/10 - 05:08

Charlie i right. The Ford E series has been causing numerous problems and headaches for years. It seems you fix them and the same thing breaks down again. Sometimes they won’t start, or they lose power, or any one of many other problems. But for the most part, unless you wanted to go medium duty (Freightshaker, Ihop, etc) you did not have much choice. GM is finally getting back into the market in a big way. Cary has several, Six Forks has two (with another coming), and Apex just took delivery of a Chevy chassis with a remounted Wheeled Coach box. It should be in service pretty soon. I’ll get Mike a couple of pics soon.
DJ - 09/30/10 - 14:54

Agree with above statements. A major problem lies in the Powerstroke engine. Too many different models of the engine for the past few years. Even the newly-released Powerstroke that Ford designed is already having piston rod issues. The Duramax engine that comes with the GM is proven reliable and nearly bulletproof.
RescueRanger - 09/30/10 - 20:30

The 6.0 liter diesel van chassis (E350 and E450) were/are the subject of a national class action lawsuit. We hope that the Chevy engine will prove more reliable – and it is in a Chevy chassis that is the same class as the E450 – I think this is the first year for the Chevy 14,000 lb chassis. Standing by to see if our hopes come true.

We’re buying enough medium duty ambulances to be able to do a serious comparison of reliability, economy, and functionality. The next 3 (after the 11 Chevys) will be medium-duty on International chassis. Hopefully, each generation brings some improvement over the last.

Lots of talk about an ambulance built on what is now the most reliable truck chassis – the Isuzu!
CH100 - 09/30/10 - 22:14

Thanks for the 411, Chief! Especially since we know that no vehicles can be placed in service around here, unless the blog community approves of or at least is informed of the decision!
Legeros - 10/01/10 - 07:17

has anyone looked at the spartan medium duty chasis instead of freight/internat?
charlie3 - 10/02/10 - 05:04

We sure have, Charlie. It is WAY expensive ($30-50K more than existing medium duty trucks), but the truck has great appeal. I especially like the 4-door cab, so everybody (trainees, college students and interns, observers, family members) can be belted in and facing forward. We’ve looked at it at several conferences, and Southeastern (our current vehicle vendor) has one on their lot in Youngsville. It will be interesting to see if anybody buys them, and what sort of business case can be made – do they last longer, get better fuel economy, ride better, have more storage, etc.
CH100 - 10/02/10 - 08:26

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