The Guam Fire Department (GFD) received the remaining three Type II ambulances procured with GFD operations offset funds as well as a grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP).
In total, seven FR Conversions Dodge Ram ProMaster ambulances were procured, with a price tag of $114,000 each.
“Stepping up in times of crises is what our emergency responders do. As the first line of medical care, long before COVID-19, they brought the emergency room to the patient. These new ambulances will augment our response to all types of emergencies. We will continue to ensure that our frontliners have the tools to help meet our island’s urgent needs and save lives,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
GFD has seen a significant increase in the amount of COVID-19 related medical responses in the past months, taxing personnel, vehicles and equipment.
“With these additions to the GFD fleet, we can equip our men and women with emergency vehicles that feature the latest in safety, comfort, and reliability. Reducing injuries to personnel, while providing efficient and comfortable transport is essential to our mission,” said Acting Fire Chief Joey Manibusan.
In addition to enhanced safety and visibility, features such as a power-assisted stretcher and an easy load oxygen tank feature were included to minimize injuries to responders.
To ensure reliability and serviceability well into the future, the Dodge Ram ProMaster ambulances, purchased through Cars Plus, also include a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty and 5-year service agreement.