MASON CITY — Mason City’s newest ambulance has several features designed to enhance the safety of personnel inside.
Mason City Fire Chief Bob Platts said larger reflective stripes on the rear of the 2010 model vehicle should make it easier to see the ambulance at night.
The ambulance also has LCD lights which are brighter, making it easier to see.
“The whole back of the ambulance should be lit up at night. Hopefully, that will slow people down,” Platts said. “You always have your doubts, especially on the interstate.”
Seat belts and a slight redesign of the interior make it easier for the EMTs to remain seated and belted while attending to a patient.
Once it is completely outfitted, the new ambulance will have cost about $150,000, Platts said.
The ambulance was paid for through funds generated from the ambulance service. No city tax money is used to support the ambulance service.
“We’re trying to get to a point where we replace one ambulance every year. We have seven now,” Platts said.