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February 18
Wake County EMS Unveils New 'Retro Ambulance' to Commemorate 40th Anniversary

RetroEMS.jpgWake County EMS is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and to mark this historic occasion, on Thursday, Feb. 18, Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman James West and retired EMS administrators unveiled a new ambulance with retro striping just like the first Wake County EMS ambulances that hit the road back in 1976. It is painted in the same dark green and white color scheme as the original five ambulances delivered to Wake County EMS from Swab Wagon Company in Pennsylvania.

"I'm proud of the 40-year legacy of outstanding public service our EMS staff has built in Wake County," said Chairman West. "This ambulance serves as a symbol of our rich EMS history, which provided the strong foundation for the world-class Wake County EMS System we know today."

The new "retro ambulance" is a fully functional modern paramedic ambulance. The only parts that differ from any other new ambulance are cosmetic changes.

The inside of the ambulance features state-of-the-art safety and technology to help paramedics give the best care to the people in our community. The outside of the ambulance features the dark green striping and gold lettering of the original Wake County ambulances. It also has special reflective graphics that simulate the old windows on the sides of the ambulance, which are reminiscent of the 1976 units.

The retro ambulance is one of seven ambulances recently built by American Emergency Vehicles in Jefferson, N.C., to replace aging units in the Wake County EMS fleet.

"We'll use this ambulance to help residents in need just like we do with all of our ambulances," said Dr. Jose Cabanas, Medical Director for Wake EMS. "The only difference is its retro look, which honors the decades of dedicated paramedics who've made our organization great."

Many current and retired employees gathered at the event at the EMS Station on Davie Street in downtown Raleigh to celebrate 40 years of excellence and share stories about their time working at Wake County.

Wake County EMS is one of the longest-serving EMS providers in the state and in the country.





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