Provincial and Tri-Star Industries officials were showing off a new ambulance that will be incorporated into the fleet starting in November.
The province has signed an ambulance procurement contract with Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth to lease 150 state-of-the-art ambulances. The contract also includes a refit after four years.
The eight-year contract is worth $31.4 million.
Keith Condon, president of Tri-Star Industries came with the group to Shelburne as part of a tour to introduce the new ambulance to paramedics on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
"We have worked with a representative group of paramedics, the ambulance system operator and the Department of Health and Wellness for many months to design this ambulance. This contract will allow expansion of our operations in Yarmouth to go ahead."
The ambulances will feature:
• a redesigned patient care area with safer seating and will allow paramedics to provide better patient care
• better infection control with new, easier to maintain, seating and cabinet materials
• reflective graphics on backs and sides to make ambulances more visible to other drivers, especially when parked at a scene
• improved manufacturing that will make the ambulances lighter
Founded in Yarmouth, Tri-Star Industries is a custom vehicle manufacturer specializing in ambulances. The company has supplied its products to 45 countries since it began exporting in 1979.