NORTH LIMA, Ohio - LifeFleet, based in North Lima, is rolling out a new fleet of ambulances. On Monday, eight new ambulances hit the road for the very first time.
"Basically we've re-done our whole ambulance fleet," said Deb Lowery, the CFO of LifeFleet.
On a typical day, each of the new ambulances will log about 300 miles. They're replacing old ambulances that had racked up 400,000 miles over the years they were on the road.
"Due to our increase in business and the mileage on our older units, we thought it was time to upgrade so that we could do our job and get out there when we're needed," said Lowery.
New dispatch software and GPS technology will help crews respond to calls even faster.
"Our new dispatch software will interact with each unit," explained Lowery. "When they get a call, it will automatically pop up on their GPS and it will give them the most direct route to that location. It also marks them on scene when they get there so there's less communication between the dispatch center and the crews so we can keep it more fast paced."
The ambulances are also equipped with new laptops to track calls and patient information.
Fully stocked, the price tag for each ambulance was $72,000.