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GEV Becomes an HME/Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus Dealer for Central and Eastern Pennsylvania

HME 51-ft Tower Aerial Fire Apparatus - Ladder - QuintGEV is proud to announce its appointment as an authorized dealer and a service center for HME / Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus in Eastern and Central PA. GEV will offer a wide wide variety of HME fire apparatus – from mini-pumpers to ladder and platform trucks. According to GEV President, Vitaly Samsonov, “We are really thrilled to represent such a respected brand of fire apparatus in our home state. HME builds amazing fire trucks and they are always looking to improve their designs and add features that are innovative and improve the safety of the operator.”

HME Ahrens-Fox reputation is built on experience, innovation and a drive to produce the best apparatus available in the industry the today. Through total vertical integration of the design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, HME Ahrens-Fox has the capability to immediately integrate the latest technologies and innovations in advanced engineering.

Remounted Ambulances Provide Great Value

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In a perfect world, all of our Emergency Service Providers would be fully staffed, trained, and equipped for all scenarios or events. However, those with insight into the industry know that this is often not the case. Sometimes, one would find not-so-well-funded squads still trying to provide the highest level of service and care for their community.

As the average price of a New Ambulance increases, the number of organizations that can comfortably purchase high-end ambulances decreases. The organizations that cannot purchase New Ambulances from the manufacturer still need to provide Emergency Medical Services to their respective communities. One solution that many squads are turning to are Remounted Ambulances. This type of an ambulance has been around for some time, but recently has been gaining wide acceptance throughout the industry. Remounted Ambulances are now being looked at as viable options for budget-conscious buyers. In fact, some agencies that have budgets that could afford purchasing new ambulances from the manufacturers are turning to Remounts to provide more value for their investment.

A Remounted Ambulance takes an existing ambulance and removes the Patient Module or “box”. The box is then remounted to a new chassis and the electrical wires are ran to the cab. By reusing the Patient Module and the compartments and shelving it contains, Remounted Ambulances can offer savings of up to 50% off new ambulance prices.

Global Emergency Vehicles offers a full Remount package that can rival new units from the manufacturer in quality, features, and warranties. You can provide GEV a Patient Module or find one in our large inventory of options. Providing GEV with your current Module allows the new unit to be identical and eliminates your crew from learning a new layout or shelving set-up. Choosing from one of GEV’s options allows you to upgrade features or overcome current obstacles. For instance, your current rig does not have a window in the Patient Module but you would like one in a new model, simply make that a criteria for your box selection.

The standard Remount process for GEV is quite extensive and we take every step to ensure a quality build and product is delivered. Once the box is removed from its current chassis all of the doors and hardware are removed. The next step is to sand, prime, and paint the box. GEV can recreate any major manufacturer’s paint color given the paint code or a sample. The paint will be backed by a warranty.

Another important aspect of the Remounted Ambulance produced by GEV is the Electrical System. The standard package includes LED lighting for both inside the module along with Emergency, Scene, and Load lighting. The vehicle will also have a brand new Electrical Control System with separate operating panels. Both the system and the lights will be backed by a 6-year warranty.

Inside the Patient Module will be outfitted with all new hardware, locks, and handles. New flooring will be laid and new seating and upholstery will be included. While in most cases, the shelving will be reused, the plexi-glass doors will all be replaced. Each unit will also come with a brand new HVAC system that will also be covered by the full warranty.

The Cab is also converted over to an Ambulance set-up, including your Emergency Lighting Controls and Siren. A custom console is built to house these controls. The Cab and Chassis is covered by the chassis manufacturer warranty and the vehicles will also include up to a 10-year engine and/or power train warranty depending on the make of the vehicle.

As more squads look at the advantages of Remounted Ambulances there will be an increase in the number of Remounted Ambulances put into service. Global Emergency Vehicles is happy to discuss with you our vehicle and any questions that you may have. To get more information on our Remounted Ambulances please visit our website www.gevusa.com or call us at 855 547-9111.

 

History of the Star of Life

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STAR OF LIFE

 

The Star of Life was designed by Leo R. Schwartz, who was Chief of the EMS Branch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 1973, the American Red Cross complained to the NHTSA that the use of the common Omaha Orange Cross on a square background of reflectorized white closely resembled the Red Cross symbol. Once the NHTSA investigated and agreed with the complaint, the new Blue Star of Life (displayed above) was born.

 

This new symbol was designed using the Medical Identification Symbol as a guide. The Star of Life was registered as a certification mark with the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks on February 1, 1977.

 

The center of the star consists of the snake and staff. The staff is named Asclepius, who according to Greek mythology, was the son of Apollo. Theory states Asclepius learned the art of healing from the centaur Cheron.. Asclepius was usually shown in a standing position with a long cloak and holding a staff with a serpent coiled around it. This is why the staff is the long-standing symbol representing medicine.  In the Physicians and Military Medical Corp, the Caduceus is used. The Caduceus is a winged staff with two serpents intertwined around it.

 

The six points of the Star of Life Symbol are meant to represent the true meaning of the EMS System. These include Detection, Reporting, Response, On Scene Care, Care in Transit, and Transfer to Definitive Care.

 

The use of the Star of Life Symbol is regulated and monitored by the NHTSA

Jay Leno Drives a 1910 Christie Fire Engine

We have numerous used fire apparatuses in our inventory, but nothing quite as old as this 1910 Christie Fire Engine. It is a relic from the dawn of the automobile, and shows how fire response vehicles changed when the internal combustion engine was developed.

In the video, Jay Leno takes us through this classic emergency vehicle, which is basically a horse-drawn boiler attached to the back of a front wheel drive Christie chassis. Motorization changed fire fighting forever, and this Christie Fire Engine marks the very beginning. The internal combustion engine allowed fire engines to travel faster than they could with horses, both in out-right speed as well as in average speed because a motor doesn’t get tired like a horse does. Of course, when responding to a fire call, haste is the utmost priority, so the faster a fire response vehicle can be, the better.

Fire response vehicles have changed a lot since then. Just looking around our lot at the used fire apparatuses we have for sale, it is crazy to think that they can all trace their lineage back to early vehicles this Christie Fire Engine. Enjoy learning about this piece of history.