Hess unveils its first-ever toy ambulance
The ambulance and rescue set comes with two emergency rigs equipped with a total of nearly 100 flashing lights and siren sound-effects
By Laura French
NEW YORK — The Hess Corporation's toy division unveiled its first-ever ambulance toy to celebrate first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Ambulance and Rescue set, Hess' official Holiday Toy of the year, comes with Type I ambulance sporting 70 flashing lights and siren sound effects, and also includes a rescue pickup truck with an additional 26 working lights, according to the company. The lights on the ambulance feature four different flashing light patterns, also a first in Hess' toy series.
"The first ever Ambulance and Rescue is paying respect to the First Responders that continuously battle selflessly on the front lines," the company said in a statement. "Hess Trucks are designed well in advance and although releasing an ambulance amid a healthcare pandemic was purely coincidental, Hess is proud to recognize, pay tribute, and cheer loudly for our healthcare heroes through this special toy release."
Hess has also released a free STEM curriculum guide designed by the Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Educational outreach, which includes seven lessons featuring the ambulance and rescue set as a learning tool for kids.
The set retails for $36.99 and was released early in anticipation of shipping delays.