NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Two aging ambulances have been replaced in the City of New Bedford’s Emergency Medical Services fleet with brand new 2014 models.
One of the new ambulances was unveiled in front of City Hall Tuesday morning, in a ceremony headlined by Mayor Jon Mitchell and the director of the city’s EMS force.
The 2014 models replace 2002 and 2009 models, the mayor’s office said. When the mayor took office in 2012, the average age of the EMS fleet was more than eight years old. “With these purchases, the City has been able to enhance service at no additional cost to the taxpayers,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. The service has seen a 20% increase in revenue over the past two years, because of more reliable ambulances — offsetting the cost of new vehicles.