Seven new Gold Cross ambulances will roll out onto the streets of Columbia and Richmond counties in about two weeks.
The 2012 models come equipped with high-tech equipment, including the wireless transmission of a patient’s status on an EKG monitor from the ambulance to the emergency room. Bluetooth capability also allows medics to remotely transmit completed paperwork to the hospital.
“We’re excited about it,” said Vince Brogdon, the chief executive officer of Gold Cross Emergency Medical Service.
The company replaces about 25 percent of its front-line fleet every year. These ambulances cost about $125,000 each, but represent closer to a $200,000 investment after they’ve been outfitted with hydraulic stretchers, radios, medicine and other equipment, Brogdon said.
The new ambulances at Gold Cross headquarters on Wheeler Road in Martinez still lack the equipment and a state inspection but should be ready in about two weeks. Three ambulances will be added to Columbia County's fleet, four to Richmond County.