08/12/11 66 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Eastern Wake's New Freightliner Kenworth Ambulance

That's EMS 68 operated by Eastern Wake EMS, and photographed by Lee Wilson on the show floor at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. Is this the first Freightliner Kenworth ambulance in these parts? That is, not counting the two ambulance body Raleigh Fire Department rescue units delivered in the early 1990s? See more of the truck.

Lee Wilson photo

How did I read Kenworth but type Freightliner? If I start exhibiting slurred speech, please call an ambulance. Any chassis is fine.
Legeros - 08/12/11 - 08:26

Mike, FYI about medium duty units in the area, other than the hospital based CCT units-

Smithfield bought a Freightliner ambulance back in 1995 and ran it for around 8-9 years. Crews and patients hated it becasue of the ride.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas operated Freightliner and International ambulances from 1997 in Chatham County. Crews and patients hated them becasue of the ride.

Garner EMS ran three Internationals prior to merging with WCEMS. Rolesville and Garner operated Chevy/GMC Top Kick/Kodiak chassis ambulances, as did FirstHealth.

WCEMS currently has several Freightliners and Internationals (including the ones from GEMS) in service.
DJ - 08/12/11 - 12:59

These type of trucks are made for long haul transports, not regular EMS calls. They can’t get down rural roads and such. Hope it serves them well.
oldmedic - 08/12/11 - 18:28

heard some comments yesterday that it is set up to be a bariatric unit as well?
shevais - 08/13/11 - 11:42

Shevais… according to the rep and the DC that brought the truck in, yes it is set up to be a bariatric truck with the ramp and all extending out from under the rear bumper
Swiman - 08/13/11 - 21:11

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