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AMD Meeting Tampa, Florida May 1, 2014
Ambulance Specification Information

I attended the AMD meeting in Tampa, Florida as a new AMD member due to the fact that Foster Coach is now QVM certified, and we have joined AMD as part of that process. It was a very informative meeting. The most important thing I took away from that meeting is that the GSA is about to add a clause in their KKK-1822 spec adding either a Stryker Power Load system or the Ferno Stat Trac system as part of their spec July 1st , 2014. [There is a question if the Ferno Stat Trac has been certified in crash testing however.] The AMD manufacturers objected to the time table as it was not enough time to gear up and more importantly, communities to budget for the additional money needed to accommodate this expenditure. Any unit ordered after July 1, 2014 would have to have one of these systems to be KKK approved! Any customer on the fence about buying new units should be made aware of this. {Additionally keep in mind also that Stryker will not warrant their system when it has been in an accident as well I am told. I am not sure about Ferno, but I would guess they will not either. This should be listed as part of the customer’s vehicle insurance values not as contents but as part of the value of the vehicle.}

The GSA gentleman there, John McDonald, was pretty emphatic the cot mount amendment was going thru. The members of the AMD group that were there were going to try to get it postponed to regroup, but don’t count on it. While they all agreed that safety concerns are a big part of the ambulance industry, we questioned the time allotted for the cot manufacturers to gear up, as well as added expenditures for our communities.

The statistics show that many people are killed each year in ambulance crashes [see below] and this addendum has been posted for comment for several months without comment. {That is because it was in an obscure place in the Federal specs site and no one was aware of it at the AMD meeting.} This will affect all states referencing KKK standards as part of their ambulance specifications and certification.

Another thing brought up is that KKK was expiring next year and what were we going to live by then? It looks like a group call the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services [CAAS] will be adopting this feature as well, and they soon may be the new standard. It is scheduled to come out January 1, 2015. I have attached a copy of their standards development and information sheet from a few months back. [Click on the link here] It looks like NFPA is not going to be the new standard at this time.

Steve Foster
President, Foster Coach Sales, Inc.



Industry News:
AMD Minutes

First - The report by NHTSA
Analyzing Ambulance Crashes: Summary Between 1992 – 2011 (20 Years)


Annual estimated mean of 4,500 crashes involving a ground ambulance
Note: This relates to fatalities of 3 – 4 per month total but includes the other vehicles.
However if we look at 25% are in the ambulance – the one a month is still too much!
Who provides the only ambulance with Occupant Protection = Horton!



INDUSTRY NEWS – KKK

There is a new addendum #6 to KKK that includes language on cot restraints and cot mounts. It also includes language on equipment mounts and seat retention. All these are great safety improvements to our vehicles, However they do not come without a cost. States that recognize the KKK spec as a state spec be aware that the GSA wants to have these specs in place for any KKK vehicle ordered after July 2014.

The biggest issue is on cot mounting. A new test SAE J3027 says that a patient on a cot cannot move more than14” in an accident – but more important the cot has to stay in the mount. With this comes the fact that only the Stryker Power Load and the Ferno Stat Track are acceptable. While this is great move toward safety in the industry – it could have a direct impact on ambulance sales and city budgets. It also could have an effect on product availability and cot interchangeability.
This week many organizations will be meeting to discuss


Click here for: "CAAS Vehicle Standards Development- CAAS GVS 2015"



THE PRE-ENGINEERED UNIT HAS ARRIVED
Our 2014 Ford F450 4x4 Type I and 2014 Ford E450 Type III have been received.

THE PRE-ENGINEERED UNIT HAS ARRIVED

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SUBURBAN PURCHASING COOPERATIVE ANNOUNCES FOSTER COACH SALES, INC. / HORTON EMERGENCY VEHICLES HAS BEEN AWARDED EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT FOR 2014.


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WE HAVE MOVED TO OUR NEW LOCATION! - CLICK FOR MAP AND DIRECTIONS

As we celebrated our 56 years of continuous service last year, we appreciate all of our wonderful customers. We would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" for your continued support for us and for our products. We have led the nation in sales and service once again this year, as we have for the last 16 years straight. We could not have done it without you, the customer. Additionally, we could not be where we are today if it were not for all the fine support staff in Sterling. We are told daily in the field how important of a part they play in our success. As we continue to meet the challenges of today's market, we look forward to the future and proudly reflect on the past. Our new facilities only make it better!

FOSTER COACH BECOMES FORD QVM CERTIFIED

Several months ago, Foster Coach Sales Inc. joined NTEA [National Truck Equipment Association] and the AMD [Ambulance Manufacturers Division] in pursuit of the goal to become Ford QVM Certified. We are proud to announce that Foster Coach Sales, Inc. has just been certified by Ford Motor Company as one of only seven ambulance remounters in the nation. Over the past months Ford Motor Company has visited our facilities and body shop and requested additional information required to be certified under their program. This was completed and we are pleased to say that we passed with flying colors. With the help of the qualified technicians we have at Foster Coach Sales, Inc. and Rock River Auto Body, we are extremely proud to be included in this very prestigious group.

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FOSTER COACH SALES, INC. IS NOW AN ASSIGNED CONTRACTOR FOR H-GAC

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has executed a contract with Foster Coach Sales, Inc. as an assigned vendor for Horton Emergency Vehicles, Inc. Should any municipality in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri or Wisconsin want to purchase a Horton Ambulance thru this Purchasing Cooperative, please contact us and we can assist you in purchasing your next ambulance smoothly and effectively with this group buying co-op.


LEADER EMERGENCY VEHICLES

Foster Coach is now a dealer for Leader Emergency Vehicles, recognized as the “Leader” in custom quality van ambulances. I have known the President for over 35 years and know his dedication to the industry. His products are a reflection of that commitment. Check them out on their website at http://www.leaderambulance.com/ and see why we are proud to be chosen as a “Leader” dealer.


HORTON INTRODUCES "COOL-TECH"

Horton has done it again. Their new Cool-Tech HVAC system is solving heating and cooling issues. Click on the attachment here to read more about it - another Horton first and exclusive feature!
See why Horton is the leader in the industry for innovation and listening to you the customer and your needs and safety.



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