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FOSTER COACH SALES, INC. AMBULANCE SALES
New, Demonstrators, Used, and Retired Ambulaces
In an effort to better serve our customers, Foster Coach Sales, Inc. is proud to announce that we have added a new product line to our existing
offering. In addition to Horton Ambulances, we are now also a dealer for Medix Specialty Vehicles.
This product line will compliment our existing lines and give our customers a wider choice of products with the same great Foster Coach service
after the sale.
Medix Specialty Vehicles is located in Elkhart, IN. The Medix product line includes Type I and Type III modular ambulances, and the Sprinter,
Chevrolet, and new Ford Transit Type II’s. Many customers are drawn to the value and “functionality” of Medix standard line
of products. Having the Medix product line gives us the product diversity we need to provide customers who are looking for a value base product
with the inherent quality and support valued by a discerning Foster Coach customer. While not being a total custom manufacturer, Medix does
provide a variety of custom interior configurations designed to meet the needs of many in the Fire/EMS industry. Medix offers a great, value
based product that is a leader in the private sector and has a growing presence in the municipal, volunteer and hospital based markets. We
are proud and excited to be partnered with them.
Please contact us with any questions about Medix via our toll free number at 1-800-369-4215.
We are sure that you will find the Medix product and our service worthy of your business.
here to visit Medix website <<
2015 AMD MEETING IN TAMPA NOTES
I recently attended a meeting of Ambulance Manufacturers Division in Tampa, Florida.
As a result, I have the latest information on the new Federal GSA specifications [KKK-1822] from the meeting. Any ambulance ordered after
July 1, 2015 will have to meet the new specification [see attached document] in states that require units to meet the triple K spec. That
means the Stryker Power Load System or the Ferno Stat track must be used for cot retention. That will dramatically add to the cost of each
ambulance “ordered” after July 1st, 2015. I have contacted our states which we represent and do not have a ruling on it yet,
but I assume they will comply for legal reasons if nothing else.
here for more on the GSA K3 notice <<
FOSTER COACH RECERTIFIES AS A FORD QVM REMOUNTER
On June 23rd 2014 Foster Coach Sales, Inc. had their annual Ford QVM assessment, and once again passed with
flying colors. A special thanks to our employees for their dedication to make this happen again. We are proud to be one of the few dealers
in the country to have this recognition for our remounting and service work.
HISTORY LESSON IN AMBULANCES
This article was in Hemming’s magazine that I got yesterday that I thought I would share with you guys. Interesting
article that gives some history to it.
(First Horton Ambulance)
My Dad said it should be a Cadillac or an Oldsmobile for an ambulance—not a truck—my how times have changed—note the hanging
hardware for four patient transport!!!!
Carl Horton built his first ambulance in 1968 and we have a picture attached as well of his first unit.
My how things have changed!!
Click here for full article...
JEMS ARTICLE ABOUT NEW AMBULANCE SPECIFICATIONS
here for full article <<
First - The report by NHTSA
Analyzing Ambulance Crashes: Summary Between 1992 – 2011 (20 Years)
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
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.
Click here for more...
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.
Click to read more!
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.
We now accept the following cards:
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.