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06-06-2011, 02:27 PM #21
02-27-2012, 11:35 AM #22
I have been instrumental in getting 2 4X4's for the Ambulance Squads that I have worked with. The first was a 95 Chevy 1 ton that was absolutely great. The second is a 2010 Ford F550. We have had some issues but that was mostly due to the handling of the air ride (Would have made no difference if it was 2 or 4 wheel drive). New Shocks seem to have corrected that issue. Both Rigs were built by Horton and the box fit and finish is great.
As far as the argument about a 4X4 being unsafe, or significantly higher in fuel use. Not enough of a difference to out weight the benefit the 4X4 gives you. Just remember 4X4 doesn't replace having a good driver. It doesn't make the unit a all terrain not able to get stuck monster. It does give you the ability to more safely respond during inclement weather and service the people who call you.
02-27-2012, 05:37 PM #23
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The fuel argument is garbage. What matters is getting to the scene safely to do your job.The one thing that seems to be a modern EMS trend is get the biggest ambulance out there. If your worried 4x4 ambulances are going to be more expensive compare the fuel usage of a big rig ambulances. I think a truck cab 4x4 ambulance designed as a limited duty vehicle will be just as use full as a big road queen ambulance. A smaller one ton 4x4 using standard 20" tires will do fine. If your worried about cost and fuel economy look into a Sprinter ambulance ,they use smaller tire and sip fuel.
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