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Northwestern Purchases Ambulance for Evanston

Advanced life support transport unit will go into service in fall

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August 8, 2011
EVANSTON --- Northwestern University will donate a new ambulance to the City of Evanston, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced today (Aug. 8).

“We appreciate very much the continued support of Northwestern University for our fire and life safety department,” Mayor Tisdahl said. “Northwestern University is a wonderful part of our community, and we are grateful to receive this generous donation.”

The new ambulance, which will be an advanced life support transport unit, will go into frontline service this fall, as soon as the licensing process is completed, said Greg Klaiber, Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services Chief. The new ambulance will replace a current unit that the city will then keep in reserve for use as needed. The new ambulance includes a power cot, power oxygen lift and a heart monitor/defibrillator.

“This addition to our fleet will enable us to continue to provide excellent, responsive service to Evanston residents,” Klaiber said.

Northwestern will donate approximately $253,000 to the City, which will cover the entire cost of the new ambulance.

In 2009 Northwestern donated $550,000 to the City for the purchase of a new fire engine, which went into service the following year.

“We’re very pleased to continue to support the City of Evanston in its efforts to provide services that benefit the entire Evanston community, including Northwestern students, faculty and staff,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. “Northwestern and the City are partners in many important efforts, such as mutual police support, so we hope this donation further solidifies what is an already productive relationship.”

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