ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - In St. Charles County there's an ambulance that's red and white and safe all over.
'This computerized monitor here gives us control of a lot of features on the ambulance,' says Kyle Gaines, Director Community Relations St. Charles County Ambulance District.
Like climate controls, scene lights and sirens are all within an arm's reach as well as a monitor for the driver to check up on passengers and paramedics. This upgraded ambulance for the St. Charles county ambulance district is the first of its kind in the area for first responders.
'Here on the side you've got this little lever and what that's going to enable you to do is move up and down this track freely,' says Gaines.
Safety was their number one priority when planning the modern ambulance. Older vehicles have cabinets and supplies on the other side...not always convenient when traveling down the highway at 70 miles an hour,
'All of our commonly used equipment is going to be stored in these drawers,' says Gaines.
'You're going to be able to access your commonly used equipment from within arm`s reach while you're still belted in.'
The forward thinking design allows for sideways sitting while attending to a patient. Two units, at around two hundred thousand dollars will go into service next week. That makes three modern ambulances of their 32 vehicle fleet, which they service themselves.
'We run between 80-90 calls a day so a majority of our units stay busy, lots of braking lots of accelerating,' says Gaines.
And lots of unexpected surprises like this hidden car seat and plenty of seat belts.
'If you're seeing a common theme here is that we want everyone belted in whenever absolutely possible,' says Gaines.