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New ambulance for Jackson County

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

Jackson County Ambulance has returned to a van-sized vehicle to replace the larger ambulances used for the past 20 years. 

The 2014 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 is less expensive and more fuel efficient than the larger trucks, which were used to carry extrication equipment as well as patients.

Local fire departments are now responsible for heavy equipment such as the "jaws of life."

The new ambulance cost the county $86,310.  Prices for the larger emergency vehicles start at $140,000.

The new "Sprinter" replaces a 2000 model ambulance which was remounted onto a new chassis in 2006 to extend its service life.

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