Rapid response vehicle begins operating on Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A company that provides ambulance services on Maui has begun using a new rapid response vehicle.

American Medical Response operations manager Curt Morimoto tells the Maui News that the 2014 specially equipped Ford Explorer is based in

Maalaea and staffed by a paramedic 24 hours per day.

The Hawaii Legislature approved funding for the vehicle.

West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker says the unit will enhance emergency medical response time when ambulances based in Kihei and Lahaina are out of the region on calls.

She says the annual cost of the unit is about $600,000, about half the cost of a traditional ambulance.

She says the paramedic staffing the unit will provide advanced lifesaving services when fire department first responders are called to an emergency.

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