Peoria Fire Dept. upgrades fire engine

By Alyssa Donovan

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.--The Peoria Fire Department has added another engine to its fleet of upgraded medical response units.

Fire Engine 4 is the newest of three engines that can operate as an ALS or advanced life support medical response unit.

The upgrade provides enhanced pre-hospital medical care.

The engine is equipped with over 20 medications and an advanced Electro-cardiogram machine.

Local 50 EMS Committee Chair Josh Martin says one of the biggest benefits is being able to establish IV access.

Martin says enhancing the engine will save lives. He said, "In the first 2 days it went ALS I believe they already had 15 ALS calls. This is a high call volume area I believe engine 4 runs the second highest amount of calls in the city so it's definitely going to save lives."

Martin says they hope to upgrade more engines to advanced life support in the next few years.

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