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September 11, 2013

Mont. EMS ditch box ambulances, replace with Mercedes model


MISSOULA, Mont. — You may have noticed a change to Missoula Emergency Services ambulances, with first responders now riding in a rig that you'd expect to see cruising the roads in Europe.

Missoula Emergency Services has a sleek new ride — one that is definitely "outside the box" as two new Mercedes ambulances hit the road earlier this year.

"They ride so much better than a box ambulance. It is a Mercedes. There are supposedly seven different computers that run the driving suspension steering," explained Regional Manager Don Whalen. The smooth ride is better for both medics and patients, but more went into the decision that drove Missoula Emergency Services toward the Mercedes model ambulances — they are a money-saver as well.

Full story: New type of ambulance making the rounds in Missoula