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Road Rescue Introduces Patient-Centric Concept Ambulance at FDIC
Date:4/10/2008

MARION, S.C., April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Road Rescue will unveil its new patient-centric design concept at the Fire Department Instructors Conference, which opens today.

Road Rescue, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), will showcase a unique concept that starts with the patient as the central focus and designs outward from there. The new vehicle repositions key ambulance features so that emergency medical technicians will have better and more efficient access to patients during transport while at the same time improving safety for all involved.

It will also offer enhanced lighting, additional safety features and optional antimicrobial coatings. The new patient-centric ambulances will be on display at Booth 2432 during the industry's largest trade show, which runs through April 12 in Indianapolis, Ind.

"More than 99 percent of all ambulances that go out on a run have a cot in them," said Gary DeCosse, president of Road Rescue. "Yet when an ambulance is designed and sold, rarely is the patient the starting point. We revamped our design process and began with the cot - and its patient - as the central point.

"This allowed us to develop a central trough across the center of the ambulance where we could position all the key features needed by EMTs within easy reach. We also repositioned the lights, air vents and control panels for better access. The result is an exceptionally functional vehicle that positions the patient and the attendant EMT at the center of the action."

Road Rescue's new concept ambulance features an innovative design that delivers multiple benefits, including:

-- All medical equipment is mounted in a specially designed longitudinal

trough directly overhead from the patient, putting vital tools

conveniently at the fingertips of the EMT.

-- Switch panel mounted above the patient, giving the EMT the ability to

remain safely buckled in yet the freedom to work from any of the three

squad benches. The repositioned switch panel keeps the controls within

easy reach, allowing the EMT to focus entirely on the patient.

-- Repositioned lights mounted at precise angles to focus light directly

on the patient. Additional selective lighting modes are available to

light the lower extremities, torso or head.

-- Improved ride and handling with a two-inch composite foam floor that

reduces distracting road noise and liquid silicone technology that

allows the driver to switch instantly into a patient transport mode.

-- Optional antimicrobial coatings that cover more than 90 percent of the

vehicle interior in an effort to protect patients and techs from

pathogen exposure.

-- Additional safety features, including well-positioned grab bars

throughout the interiors and exterior crash rails installed without

puncturing the skin of the body.

-- Redesigned internal cabinetry featuring a sleeker look with easier

restocking features and additional corner protections.

"Medical aid calls have nearly tripled since 1980," DeCosse said. "Annually, more than 16.2 million ambulance runs are made each year to emergency rooms around the country. Road Rescue's new patient-centric ambulance design will enhance the ability of EMTs to deliver critical medical care while en route to the hospital and improve the safety for patients and technicians."

About Road Rescue

Established in 1976, Road Rescue, Inc. (http://www.roadrescue.com) designs and manufactures a complete line of premium custom ambulances and emergency-rescue vehicles. An innovative market leader, Road Rescue pioneers new features that allow technicians to provide effective patient care in a safe, secure environment. The Road Rescue(TM) brand name signifies quality, innovation, strength and reliability to emergency personnel throughout North America. Road Rescue is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR).


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