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FOSTER COACH SALES, INC. AMBULANCE SALES
New, Demonstrators, Used, and Retired Ambulaces
HORTON ANNOUNCES FOUR-POINT SEAT BELT AND VEST AS STANDARD
2015 FOSTER COACH FORD QVM EVALUATION RESULTS
On August 20th 2015, Dwight Phelps from the Ford Motor Company Qualified Vehicle Modifier Program did an
onsite evaluation at Foster Coach Sales, Inc. in Sterling, Illinois. Once again, we passed with flying colors, scoring 51 out of 52 possible
points. Foster Coach is proud of all of our team that made this happen! We are proud to be one of the six designated QVM remount specialists
in the United States to be recognized by the Ford Motor Company to be worthy of their seal of approval and backing.
Thanks to all at Foster Coach Sales, Inc. and Rock River Auto Body, Inc. Be proud of what you do!
REVISIONS AND CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL KKK-1822-F SPECIFICATIONS
Over the past several months, we have kept you informed on the pending changes to the KKK-A-1822F Ambulance
Specifications. We expect this newly updated document will be published and effective on July 1, 2015 as Change Notice 8.
>> Click here for
BOB PARKS JOINS FOSTER COACH SALES
Bob Parks has recently joined Foster Coach Sales, Inc. Bob has been working in the EMS field since 1971, starting
work for the family Superior Coach dealership in New England. Bob received his EMT certificate in 1973, worked as a volunteer for a small
New Hampshire service, and grew to understand the needs of his customers.
As the industry developed the family business decided to stop selling ambulances and to concentrate on the funeral side of the professional
vehicle industry. In 1991 Bob moved to Goshen, Indiana to work for Medtec Ambulance and has since worked supporting dealers in sales and
design of ambulances for Medtec, McCoy Miller and lately for Horton Emergency Vehicles.
Bob will concentrate on sales to commercial accounts and specialize in the Medix product line. Bob and his wife Diana live in Goshen, Indiana
and but he will travel most of the territory for Foster Coach filling in the voids as needed. He has been a friend of the Foster family for
years and has a lot of the same history that Steve Foster has in the EMS field. We are proud to have Bob join us as we continue to grow our
market segment and customer relations. He will be a great asset to Foster Coach and their customers for years to come.
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 <<
FOSTER COACH BECOMES A PARTNER WITH WISCONSIN EMS BUYING GROUP
Foster Coach Sales, Inc. has partnered with WEMSA for discounts to its member for purchases of new Horton
Emergency Vehicles. Each service and corporate member of the Wisconsin EMS Association is automatically eligible to purchase a new Horton
with a discount from Foster Coach and Horton.
Foster Coach is proud to be able to pass this savings on to numerous departments over the years and our association with WEMSA and their
staff has proven to be beneficial to all.
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.
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!
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!
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.