Posted April 20, 2012
Mayor David A. Wood and Fire Chief Dale Freeman announced the latest acquisition to the Mishawaka Fire Department fleet today. The vehicle is a 2012 Horton Heavy duty ambulance, built on an International 4300 chassis, purchased from Horton Emergency Vehicles of Grove City, Ohio.
The department is seeking to upgrade its fleet of smaller chassis vehicles which have had some maintenance issues due to the heavy call volume placed upon them. Total purchase price for the new ambulance was $222,296. Chassis and body are integrated with Horton’s VI-Tech mounting system for a quieter, more stable ride while interior occupants are protected by an anti-microbial patient and the new Horton Occupant Protection System (HOPS). The vehicle comes with the HOPS airbag protection for rollover collisions. The vehicle will replace a 1993 International Harvester Navistar.
Mayor Wood comments, “The new vehicle gives us the opportunity to provide the utmost level of care for our citizens, and safety for the firefighters. We are anxious to get this vehicle into service so that we can continue providing the world-class service that our citizens expect and deserve.”