05/30/14 44 W, 1 I - + 7 - 11 New Wheels For EMS 101

This 2014 (?) Ford Expedition is the latest replacement vehicle in the Wake County EMS fleet. Assigned to the Operations Chief, it sports a slightly new look for the agency. Blue over white, but with black body panels. Click to enlarge:

Best design yet!
Jason Thompson (Email) (Web Site) - 05/30/14 - 17:50

Nice ride, except for the push bar. Does an Ops chief need such a thing? What would it even be used for??
EMT - 06/02/14 - 08:00

Just remember that we live in North Carolina and with the Deer we have it is an wise idea to equipt vehicles with them.
T.R.Newman - 06/02/14 - 10:00

T.R. You are right, and it ain’t just deer. Up here in southwest Virginia the bear population has increased so much they are now a road hazard, and let’s not forget livestock. Back somewhere around 1974 or 1975 we hit a cow with a Stoney Creek ambulance in front of the old Mack’s Texico in Knightdale while transferring a patient From Nash General to Duke. But there is one BIG reason to have the push bars ( or Bull Bars as they’re called up here ) THEY LOOK COOL AS HECK ! !
Galax,Va (Email) - 06/02/14 - 11:15

Push bar… white letter tires… All it needs now is a 4” lift and a winch! Yep, I’m from Stony Hill…“Dern it Bo!” (Seriously, good design Jon!)
A.C. Rich - 06/02/14 - 18:06

I think Eastern Wake has upgraded DC6 to a new Expedition as well. I wonder if the 2015 Suburban redesign was a contributing factor for the switch to Ford.
PJ - 06/06/14 - 14:59

Chevrolet no longer offers the Suburban in a 2500 series, which was necessary for this role as the heavy duty model provided a more robust drivetrain and suspension for the workload of these vehicles. Past 1500 series Suburbans were literally driven into the ground mechanically. The Expedition EL is the current State contract SUV that provides a similar capacity for equipment and the ability to tow most of the trailers. While the Setina bar is a good defense mechanism for deer and such, it is an outstanding (and low cost) appliance for the installation of mid-level front and intersection warning lights without having to do any modification to the OEM body/grille. In addition, they accommodate the installation of siren speakers in a location without obstruction from bumpers, grilles, etc. that limit sound transmission and increase their noise in the cab.
Olson - 06/06/14 - 18:47

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