New replacement ambulances to improve patient safety; province
WINNIPEG — The purchase of 52 new replacement ambulances for the province will improve patient comfort and safety, Premier Greg Selinger said Tuesday.
The province showed off the features of the new vehicles that include a new suspention system for a smoother ride as well as a system that lowers the patient loading height.
The overhaul comes in at a cost of $6.2 million.
“This collaborative effort of government with front-line paramedics has resulted in an ambulance that accomplishes two goals: improved comfort for the patient and improved safety mechanisms for both the patient and paramedics,” said Cameron Ritzer, Paramedic Association of Manitoba director.
Winnipeg will receive 9 of the replacement vehicles, with the rest going to rural health regions across Manitoba.
The new ambulances will be delivered to EMS stations across the province September 2015.