Unlike the older model, the newer ambulance features Air-Ride suspension for the smoothest ride possible. It is built with inside-outside cabinets so technicians can access equipment from both the interior and exterior.
Inside the box, an IV warmer helps ensure fluids are the right temperature. LED lighting illuminates the cabin while using minimal electricity and controlled air vents circulate warm or cold air efficiently.
Seats are equipped with five-point harnesses, and one even converts into a child safety seat for young passengers. Other measures, such as a drop-down step to the side entrance, help prevent injury to EMTs, many of whom are seniors themselves.
"It's really important when we go out on a call that we're able to come back without being injured," said Bashaw, noting how the squad has barely enough members to provide coverage throughout each week.
Coverage was becoming so difficult in fact, the squad hired a full-time paid EMT to ensure someone was on duty every weekday during business hours. Susie Saska, who had been a volunteer with the squad for several years, was hired July 1.
The squad is always searching for more volunteers, and even teens are encouraged to join as part of their Junior Member program.
"If they're looking to go on to medical school, it's a great place to start," said Bashaw.
For more information, contact Bashaw at 873-7379.