RedStorm Awarded Contract for Seven Marque “SafetyOp” Ambulances From Stafford County Fire and Rescue, Virginia

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RedStorm Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department for seven Marque Type III ambulances featuring a new “SafetyOp” interior design. These are the first ambulances in the nation to comply with new NFPA 1917 Standards.

Our intent was to be on the leading edge of safety and operational efficiency to maximize the performance of our ambulance fleet and give our paramedics and EMTs every advantage in transporting and treating patients.

RedStorm Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Inc., a fire apparatus and ambulance dealer based in the Mid-Atlantic, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department for seven Marque Type III ambulances featuring a new “SafetyOp” interior design. The ambulance design features two attendant seats with individual work stations and patient access, along with a unique interior design which provides for immediate access to supplies without requiring paramedics and EMTs to stand to reach supplies or for patient treatment.

“Our intent was to be on the leading edge of safety and operational efficiency to maximize the performance of our ambulance fleet and give our paramedics and EMTs every advantage in transporting and treating patients. In addition to the unique “Safety Op” interior design, these ambulances will be the first in the nation to comply with the draft NFPA 1917 standards, slated to take effect in January 2013,” said Chief Robert Brown, Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire Chief.

“Marque is well-known for its ability to design highly-customized ambulance configurations while maintaining a value-oriented construction approach. This Safety Op module is in Marque’s “sweet spot” in terms of manufacturing a highly optimized interior and exterior storage configuration that is perfectly suited to Stafford County’s response and patient care environment. We are extremely pleased to have earned this order,” said Jim Featherstone, RedStorm president.

The Type III Commando model ambulances will be built on Ford E450 chassis with gas engines. They feature a 164” module with 72” of headroom, two attendant seats plus a fold-down attendant’s seat on the front bulkhead, locking drug cabinet, and expansive exterior compartmentation. The units can transport up to three patients, if needed, to maximize Stafford’s ability to respond to large-scale incidents.

The NFPA 1917 compliance package, available now from Marque, includes seat belt monitoring in the patient compartment, carbon monoxide monitoring, and a tire pressure monitoring system. A four-camera system and SafeDrive MiniDVR system for the cab further enhance safety. The warning and lighting package features the newest Federal Signal VisionSLR light bar and all Whelen LED lights.

The Stafford County contract has add-on opportunities for jurisdictions throughout Virginia and elsewhere. Kirsten Skyba, RedStorm vice president, is the sales representative.

Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department
Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department is a combination career-volunteer department providing emergency response and mitigation to all fire, rescue, emergency medical and environmental hazard (Haz-Mat) incidents. It includes 15 stations in partnership with 14 volunteer rescue or fire/rescue companies. The department serves a rapidly growing county in the Washington, DC metro area and responds to incidents on I-95, one of the nation’s busiest interstate highways. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Stafford County as the No. 1 best place to get ahead in the United States.

RedStorm Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Inc.
RedStorm is an ambulance and fire apparatus dealership serving customers in the Mid-Atlantic States, including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. RedStorm represents Marque Ambulance, Custom Fire Apparatus, LTI Aerials and US Tanker. The professionals at RedStorm are experienced firefighters who offer a knowledgeable perspective on fire apparatus configurations. RedStorm provides sole-source responsibility and an All Source™ approach to service, through strategic partnerships with best-in-class local service providers. The company takes pride in making customers’ experience professional, productive and enjoyable.

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