Fire dept. to test fire truck, ambulance combo vehicle

Similar units are used in Italy and are expected to function best in rural areas


By Sam Boyer
The Dominion Post 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A prototype emergency vehicle that will operate as both an ambulance and a fire engine could be on the road for trials by the middle of next year.

The Fire Service and St John Ambulance hope the dual-purpose "fire-ambulance" will provide better care for patients, particularly in rural areas where volunteers are hard to find.

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