Corsicana Fire Rescue and Navarro Regional Hospital partnered together to unveil two new additions to the EMS fleet yesterday for the “Making a Difference Together” event.

The event, held near the hospital's emergency room, was celebrated with Corsicana Fire Rescue cooking and serving hamburgers and hot dogs for staff to show appreciation for all that the Hospital does in their partnership of excellent patient care. A Kona Ice shave ice truck handed out desserts after their meal.

“We are trying to be partners in the community,” said Paul Henley, Corsicana Fire Chief. “We want to provide the best service to citizens with uncompromised patient care.”

Navarro Regional Hospital CEO Curt Junkins noted the interconnected and interdependent relationship between the hospital and fire rescue team, saying that as a new generation of healthcare providers come in, they want staff members that want to grow with the hospital and be a part of the community.

In addition, Navarro Regional Hospital was also awarded a 50-year membership plaque commemorating the hospital's fiftieth anniversary by David Pearson of the American Hospital Association, of which Navarro Regional is a member.

The two new ambulance additions are full 2019 replacement ambulance and a remounted ambulance with a new diesel cab and chassis mount and a patient compartment. The new additions are outfitted with equipment to provide enhanced patient care, safety for personnel, and assist in reducing maintenance cost.

The new ambulances provide a variety of features to make the patient experience safer during transport, including ride suspension that adjusts for more effective maneuverability and patient comfort.

The ambulances also come with an enhanced loading system that will reduce the potential of back injuries of paramedics while balancing the weight for both stretcher and patient during loading and unloading. The new gurney system is self-loading with safety locks to ensure that stretchers will not move once secured.

To further minimize maintenance cost and downtime, the ambulances come installed with a new MEPS generator that resembles an alternator to power the patient compartment. The generators only require less maintenance, create less of a carbon footprint, and provide less noise pollution.

According to Henley, the new ambulances would be able to provide the right drug for the right patient at the right time, with the goal that any patient that enters the hospital the emergency room can trust the information given to them as complete and accurate.

Junkins noted the interconnected and interdependent relationship between the hospital and fire rescue team, saying that as a new generation of healthcare providers come in, they want staff members that want to grow with the hospital and be a part of the community.