The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department recently took possession of its newest ambulance, a 1993 Excellance demonstrator that cost the company $90,000.
President Bill Wagner said the vehicle is being outfitted with new radios and medical equipment and should be in service within the next two weeks. The new ambulance is white with red and blue "Z" stripes, he said.
"It's a big piece of equipment," Mr. Wagner said. "It has bigger space inside, a bigger chassis and longer body."
He said the larger ambulance was needed partly for all the equipment needed for advanced life support that emergency medical technicians and cardiac rescue personnel need.
Equipping the ambulance will cost an additional $10,000 to $15,000, Mr. Wagner said. Some help with that will come from a donation from the Save-A-Heart Foundation of Baltimore.