On October 8, 2020, the Houston Fire Department (HFD) accepted eight new ambulances that are in the process of being placed in service this month.
Five of the ambulances are all new redesigned 2020 Chevy C3500 chassis with a 12 foot module. Equipped with a 6.6 L gas engine enhancing standard performance and capability, delivering more than 21 percent greater torque. These ambulances are custom Frazer-Bilt Type 1 models, which is Frazer’s most popular model of generated-powered EMS apparatus. The all-aluminum construction provides an exceptionally safe and strong environment for HFD firefighters. Frazer vehicles are engineered from the ground up to maximize available space, providing an environment that is not only efficient, but is also comfortable and a pleasure to work in.
Other safety enhancements include, a UV-C air disinfection system built into the HVAC system. The in-duct air purifier works to reduce the presence of odors while providing passengers with fresher, cleaner, and healthier air on-board, helping in the fight against COVID-19. The unit produces no harmful ozone and will not significantly decrease air flow velocity through the duct.
Some of the advanced safety features firefighters and citizens can expect to see on the new ambulances are:
• Built to industry compliance standards CAAS GVS v2.0
• Back up camera built into the dash
• Backing sensors with audible driver alerts
• Liquid spring rear suspension for increased comfort and handling
• Low profile console in cab for lowered MDT mount
• Crash compliant Stryker cot retention system
• Crash compliant cabinet doors with restocking feature
• Multi-point harnesses at all seating positions
• Grab handles coated with anti-microbial coating
• Vertical stair chair storage
• And much more!
These safety features can be expected to be implemented in future ambulance purchases.
To learn more visit: https://www.frazerbilt.com/videos/video-houston-fire-department/
These advancements in safety and technology would not be possible without Mayor Sylvester Turner, who’s leadership ensures HFD has the necessary resources to protect our citizens.