Challenger Designs donated a customized rescue vehicle to Nappanee Emergency Services Department on Thursday. The company started off making doors, but now they're using their designs to help save lives.
At first glance it might just look like a regular gator, but the EMS gator was specially modified.
With four-wheel drive, emergency lights, and a back board to transport injured patients, there’s almost nowhere the gator can't go.
The project took about six weeks to finish and was used for the first time at last month at the Nappanee Apple Festival.
Jim Sumpter is the Nappanee Paramedic Chief and he says he’s excited to have add the gator to their line of rescue vehicles.
We're such a rural community, there are places where we can't necessarily take an ambulance or four-wheel drive vehicles, whether we’re doing search and rescue or just trying to get someone out of an area that the other vehicles can't respond too," says Sumpter.
After speaking with Nappanee EMS, Challenger Designs learned that a new emergency vehicle was something the community was something the community needed and they felt like it was a great way for them to give back.
EXPERT CARE WHEN YOU NEED IT
We are known for our professionalism and excellence in emergency care. It is our mission to provide compassionate, quality care to the citizens of Nappanee,
Indiana, and to coordinate, develop, improve, and maintain a comprehensive and dynamic emergency medical services system to prevent and reduce premature death and
We serve our fellow citizens with integrity and virtuous character. We maintain a
positive and safe work environment where our brotherhood/sisterhood all share fair and equal treatment without prejudice regardless of race, ethnicity,
The patient care and services provided by Nappanee EMS follows a team approach. To this end, it is the goal of Nappanee EMS to assist all patients
in realizing and maintaining a quality state of well-being.
WHO WE ARE
The Nappanee EMS began with a Basic Life Support Service (BLS) in 1976 with 17 members. In 2004, with the growing demands on EMS Providers,
the City and EMS made the decision
to go to a Paramedic Service.
We currently have 8 full-time Paramedics and 18 Volunteers. Of the 26 total members, 17 are FIREFIGHTERS, with 5 serving on
both the EMS and the Nappanee Fire Department. In our time as an EMS provider we have had three Chiefs:
Ray Schwartz, Mike Stull, and our current Chief, Jim Sumpter.
Nappanee EMS's motorized equipment consists of two ambulances and one squad vehicle:
"107" is a 2008 Medtec Ambulance on a Chevy Kodiak chassis;
"108" is a 2004 Medtec Ambulance on a Chevy Kodiak chassis; and
"Squad Nine" is a Chevy Suburban used as a non-transport squad vehicle, which is named in honor of SGT Brant “Butch” Nine.
Nappanee EMS •
301 W Lincoln Street •
Nappanee, Indiana 46550 •
Call 574-773-5658 •