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First Horton ambulance equipped with MBrace goes into service in New Orleans


MBrace integrates an airbag into an innovative multi-point restraint that protects emergency care providers while allowing them the mobility and freedom to work.

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GROVE CITY, OH – Horton Emergency Vehicles, a subsidiary of REV Group Inc., and a leader in ambulance safety, announces the first Horton ambulance equipped with the Horton Occupant Protection System™ (HOPS) featuring MBrace™ has been delivered to New Orleans EMS for active duty.

Engineered by IMMI, MBrace is a patent-pending advanced airbag safety system designed specifically to protect emergency care providers against head and neck injuries while they are inside the patient compartment during frontal impacts, in addition to ambulance rollovers. MBrace integrates an airbag into an innovative multi-point restraint that protects emergency care providers while allowing them the mobility and freedom to work.

“At New Orleans EMS, provider safety is our number one priority,” said Dr. Meg Marino, Director and Medical Director of New Orleans EMS. “When we learned about MBrace, we knew it was something we wanted to bring to our agency in support of that mission of provider safety.”

“Having the first Horton ambulance equipped with HOPS featuring MBrace deployed in an end-user’s fleet is an important milestone for our company and our industry. We are grateful to New Orleans EMS for taking the lead on raising the bar for EMS safety”, stated Mike Albers, Vice President and General Manager for Horton Emergency Vehicles. “We also appreciate the important role our dealer Southern Emergency & Rescue Vehicle Sales (SERVS) played in introducing New Orleans EMS to Horton vehicles and MBrace technology.”

“SERVS is proud to represent the Horton brand because they are continually on the leading edge of EMS safety,’ said Tim Hutchens, Director of Business Development for SERVS LLC. “Horton is the first and only brand in the ambulance industry to offer MBrace.”

HOPS featuring MBrace is standard equipment on all new Horton orders. Find out more information about MBrace at and watch the New Orleans EMS video at New Orleans EMS Video.

About Horton Emergency Vehicles

Founded in 1968, Horton Emergency Vehicles, a division of Halcore Group, Inc., is a REV Group company. Horton® ambulances are among the industry’s most technically innovative and customized ambulances and are synonymous with high quality. The exclusive Horton Occupant Protection System (HOPS) keeps the ambulance crew safe while working in the patient compartment. With a manufacturing facility in Grove City, Ohio, Horton ambulances have Strength & Safety In Every Detail.

About IMMI

IMMI is a global, industry leader in the innovation, design, testing, and manufacturing of advanced safety systems. Founded in 1961, IMMI is headquartered in Westfield, Indiana, and has facilities across the U.S. and in Europe, Mexico and China. They serve a wide variety of specialty vehicle segments, including Fire, EMS, Commercial trucks, school buses, defense, off-highway, child safety, motorcoach and powersports. For more information about IMMI, visit

About REV Group, Inc.

REV Group companies are leading designers and manufacturers of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services, which serve a diversified customer base, primarily in the United States, through three segments: Fire & Emergency, Commercial, and Recreation. They provide customized vehicle solutions for applications, including essential needs for public services (ambulances, fire apparatus, school buses, and transit buses), commercial infrastructure (terminal trucks and industrial sweepers), and consumer leisure (recreational vehicles). REV Group’s diverse portfolio is made up of well-established principal vehicle brands, including many of the most recognizable names within their industry. Several of REV Group’s brands pioneered their specialty vehicle product categories and date back more than 50 years. REV Group trades on the NYSE under the symbol REVG. Investors-REVG