NC fire department gets hybrid fire truck, ambulance
The rig looks like a fire truck on the outside, but also has an ambulance module behind the front seats
By EMS1 Staff
GREENVILLE, N.C. — A fire department unveiled a unique custom-built hybrid rig Monday.
Reflector.com reported that the Greenville Fire/Rescue rig looks like a fire truck, but also has an ambulance module behind the front seats where paramedics can treat a patient while en route to a hospital.
"That's a very big cost savings for the city," Fire Chief Eric Griffin said. "It's really unique for North Carolina."
Chief Griffin said it will cut down on response times to calls.
The ambulance module has the same capabilities of a regular ambulance, but it can only carry one patient. The fire truck has hoses, pumps and carries 500 gallons of water, according to the report.
Crews with Greenville Fire/Rescue are trained for both EMS and fire service.
The rig cost nearly $800,000 and will start responding to calls within the next month.