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Grand Rapids Hybrid Fire Trucks Combine Firefighting & Medical

Posted at 12:53 PM, Dec 26, 2012

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is getting a new set of hybrid trucks that work as both a medical unit and a fire truck. 

The vehicles cost around $200,000 and allow the fire department to respond to fires while on medical calls.  The trucks are versatile, carrying both the EMT equipment along with a tank for water and foam and hose reels.

The trucks are on a Dodge Ram Chassis and are four-wheel-drive.

Firefighters say when the blizzard hit in February several years ago, some of their larger trucks were getting stuck in the snow.  The four-wheel-drive vehicles will be able to maneuver through snowy conditions much easier.