September 22nd, 2016
Earlier in 2016, the Emmet County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of an “E-Car” for use by the ECEMS staff. The emergency vehicle arrived on Sept. 19 and has been outfitted with a police pursuit package for agile response in the event of any emergency.
The 2016 Chevy Tahoe was designed and built specifically for fast emergency response, with a lower profile and interior features including locking cabinets for EMS equipment.
“The purpose of the E-Car is to provide a first-response vehicle that allows us to have an extra set of hands on-scene,” said EMS Director Larry Hansen. “It can also be used as an additional response vehicle in the event all ambulances are responding to emergencies and are not immediately available.”
Hansen said the E-Car is standard for EMS departments to utilize. It can also be called into use as a command vehicle for special large-scale events or disaster responses, he added. Logos will be applied to the Tahoe soon to identify it as an Emmet County EMS vehicle.