Longwood unveils three new ambulances

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Longwood Fire Company’s three new ambulances.

Longwood Fire Company has added three new ambulances to serve the community and now has four vehicles in service.

“We examined the needs of the community and our commitments and we were convinced four ambulances were necessary to cover our emergency calls, standby requests and other duties,” said Longwood EMS Captain Matt Eick. “Previously, there were a few times we were holding our breaths that we wouldn’t receive an additional call.”

Two of the ambulances are 2017 Ford/Braun F-450 vehicles. The third addition is a 2016 Ford/Horton E-450 type III remount gasoline ambulance.

“Longwood is committed to providing the emergency services our constituents deserve,” said Chief A. J. McCarthy. “Our EMS division staff members are outstanding and the four ambulances allow them to protect the Longwood area.”

Eick added, “We determined two of our older ambulances, the International/Horton Terrastar ambulances, needed replacing. The maintenance costs were mounting and they weren’t as dependable. The upgrading of the ambulances was an economical move, as well, for Longwood. The remount vehicle was totally redone and cost half of a new ambulance.”

The two 2017 Ford/Braun F-450 types have an extended diesel chassis with all LED lighting along with a master tech electrical and lighting systems provided by Whelen. The 2016 Ford/Horton E-450 type III remount gasoline ambulance came with all LED lighting

“If anyone in the community would like to see our new ambulances, they should call the fire company at 610-388-6880 or email me at MEick@Longwoodfireco.com,” said Eick.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information see www.longwoodfireco.com.

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