A 1972 Oldsmobile launched emergency medical services to West Peorians in 1975. This photo is from the grand opening of South Side Bank’s West Peoria facility. The ambulance was purchased for $6000. After being damaged in an accident, the Oldsmobile traded in on the new Chevrolet in 1977.
The 1977 Chevrolet Ambulance was purchased for a price of $25,000 and was paid for through tax money, trading in the old ambulance and insurance money as well as funds from memorial contributions and fundraisers. The new ambu- lance was a “box-style” on a heavy duty truck chassis. The design allowed for greater work space
The ambulance received a face-lift in 1987, with the truck portion being replaced with a 1987 Ford Diesel chassis and the box portion refurbished to save taxpayers money. The newly re rbished ambulance cost $31,700.
A 1997 Ford Medtec ambulance arrived in May of 1997 to replace the 1987 unit. The new am- bulance is more ef cient layout for emergency medical tec hnicians to deliver the upmost care. Additionally, the more space is available to ac- commodate the advances in life-saving equip- ment. The ambulance cost $90,000 and was paid for through memorials, donations, fundraisers and taxes. The sales price of the old ambulance also offset the purchase price.
1997 Ford Medtec ambulance
1997 Ford Medtec ambulance with the replacement 2019 Ford Horton ambulance
West Peoria Fire Department took delivery of a new ambulance, a 2019 Ford E450 with a Horton Box.
A new look to the decades long ambulance service has occurred with the purchase of West Peoria’s fifth ambulance--an all red ambulance. In the past, the ambulances have been primarily white with accents of orange or red. The new ambulance paint scheme matches the engine companies and the rescue truck. In addition to the new look, the ambulance sports updated equipment to assist during emergencies, such as a new cot, defibrillator, stair chair as well as a layout more conducive to treating patients. Other features focus on emergency medical technician safety. A new cot lift which lifts the cot and patient for easier loading into the ambulance, preventing potential back injuries. An oxygen bottle lift also is a new feature that again prevents injuries, making certain EMTs and firefighters are available to answer the call.
The ambulance cost $211,000 but additional equipment brought the total cost to $286,000. The new ambulance replaces a twenty-two year old vehicle which will be put up for sale with the proceeds going to offset the purchase price.
2019 Ford E450 with a Horton Box.