Milwaukee maker gets second order of ambulances for FDNY

Freeman Staff

March 5, 2019

FDNY Wheeled Coach type I ambulance with idle reduction technology.
Submitted photo

MILWAUKEE — Wheeled Coach, a manufacturer of emergency medical service vehicles, has received an order for 76 ambulances for the Fire Department of New York City that will be include environmental-friendly emission reduction technology in keeping with the FDNY Green initiative.

A subsidiary of Milwaukee- based REV Group, Wheeled Coach will custom build the fleet of ambulances to the department’s specific requirements.

“Our employees take great pride in building the most advanced and rugged vehicles to meet the demands of the city that never sleeps,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of REV Group, in a statement.

Since 2009, Wheeled Coach has supplied more than 600 ambulances specially constructed to the operational and design requirements of FDNY. This most recent order of 76 ambulances features an auxiliary power unit enabling the vehicles to fully operate when parked without the need to run the engine in idle mode, according to the announcement. The engine idle reduction technology provides measurable maintenance and fuel cost savings. EMS professionals and patients also benefit from less exposure to engine exhaust emissions during a service call.

The ambulances also include 4-wheel drive capability to help first responders during difficult weather conditions.

“Our designers and engineers work closely in partnership with FDNY to build their trucks. It’s a collaboration that has developed over the last decade,” said Kevin Kraus head of engineering at Wheeled Coach, in a statement.