Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services announced four new ambulances have recently gone into service.

These new vehicles will be assigned to replace units at Station No. 8 in Holly Springs, Station No. 9 in North Canton, Station No. 19 in the southwest corner of the county and Station No. 24 in Woodstock/Holly Springs. However, they can respond to events throughout the county if needed.

These new units, construction of which takes approximately nine months are designed with the latest in crew and patient safety features, officials said. They also feature new siren technology that sounds slightly different from older ambulances, but is scientifically designed to allow drivers to hear the emergency vehicle earlier. This earlier notification will afford drivers the time to recognize the ambulance earlier and safely pull to the right and stop, officials said.

“All of our ambulances carry advanced life support medications, state of the art EKG monitoring, oxygen equipment, IV supplies and many other advanced life-saving equipment. We have also begun incorporating mechanical CPR devices in which a machine administers chest compressions in the event of a cardiac arrest. This machine eliminates human error and provides consistent chest compressions, at the correct depth and rate, for the durations of the event,” EMS Chief Nate Sullivan said.

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