Crestline to Deliver $4.5M in Ambulances to the Canadian Department of National Defence
May 23— Crestline Coach, an ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturer and a Canadian supplier of small to mid-sized buses, secured a contract with the Department of National Defence to manufacture specialized ambulances for Canadian Armed Forces military bases, situated coast to coast. The contract is valued at $4.5 million, excluding options.
The Crestline Summit 170 Type 1 is custom tailored to meet the precise specifications required by the Department of National Defence, according to a company release. Designed with off-road capabilities, the ambulances are built on Ford F450 4X4 chassis with diesel fuel engines. Their exterior is manufactured to withstand extreme environments and power through rough terrain. Medics need the ability to work regardless of road conditions and the LiquidSpringTM suspension system, integrated into the OEM chassis platform, allows medics to care for patients in a stable environment with increased safety and comfort.
In addition to its superior strength roll cage, the vehicles are outfitted with Austin Hardware Life Defender cabinet frames that are dynamically tested to ensure safety and confinement of stored supplies in case of accident or collision. Installed in the rear of each unit are Zone Defense cameras to enhance visibility of surroundings when maneuvering the vehicle.
Ergonomics and efficiency also played a role in the design with various installments, such as flip-open cupboards. These are quick to access in emergencies, and easy to restock during shift changeover, allowing an operator’s time to focus on more important tasks. The hands-free waste disposal reduces cross contamination and improves ease of disposal while freeing up medics' hands. Each ambulance is equipped with additional medical equipment and supplies including built-in drug lockers, IV warmers and Zoll Physio Heart Monitors.
Delivery of the first ambulance shipment is scheduled for this month with remaining shipments continuing through August 2019. The delivery includes Operator and Maintenance instruction, which will be conducted and supported by Crestline, coinciding with unit deliveries.