CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Cumberland Fire Department’s new ambulance is almost ready for duty. 

The 2011 model has an interior that was custom designed by paramedics and a firefighter. Firefighter/EMT Steve Hout says he and others made it more user-friendly. 

The paramedics went to the manufacturing plant in Ohio and made some last-minute modifications for the vehicle. 

The ambulance, the department’s fifth, will be in service by the end of May. 

The $215,000 ambulance is being paid for out of the department’s operating budget and with grant money. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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