"European ambulances have been smaller for years," Zuschlag says, "and they've been very successful. We have to find a way to bring down the cost of running calls."
Whatever evolves, Zuschlag says, Acadian's strategy is to get away from a single ambulance design in favor of a fleet made up of various kinds of vehicles.
For more: acadian.com.
Thom Dick has been involved in EMS for 38 years, 23 of them as a full-time EMT and paramedic in San Diego County. He is the quality care coordinator for Platte Valley Ambulance Service, a community-owned, hospital-based 9-1-1 provider in Brighton, CO. Thom is also a member of EMS Magazine's editorial advisory board. Reach him at email@example.com.