New Detroit public safety vehicles make their debut

1st group of donated vehicles presented to city in Hart Plaza

DETROIT - The first group of donated public safety vehicles were presented to Detroit's police chief and the city's fire commissioner on Thursday.

The presentation of 10 ambulances and 15 police cars was held at downtown's Hart Plaza, and included a short procession along Woodward Avenue from Campus Martius to the riverfront.

Bing, Penske Automotive Group chief Roger Penske and other city business leaders were there to present the vehicles.

Several businesses earlier this year pledged $8 million to help the city pay for the new fleet of emergency vehicles, including 23 EMS units and 100 police cars.

The remaining 13 EMS units are expected to be outfitted and ready for delivery before the end of this year. Another 85 patrol cars will be rolled out as the vehicles get equipped.

The other donors include Quicken Loans Inc., General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The city's entire fleet of 23 EMS ambulances is being replaced at a cost of approximately $161,000 per vehicle. The EMS units are being built by Horton Ambulance on the International Terra Star Chassis. Each ambulance takes up to 100 days to build. The Terra Star units were
ordered through a local dealer.

The 100 police cruisers were acquired through local Chevrolet, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge and Ford dealerships, and a Detroit company is outfitting the vehicles according to City of Detroit specifications.

The police cars cost from $45,000 to $50,000 each, depending on the make and
model. The police vehicles presented today are Dodge Chargers, Ford Interceptors and Chevrolet Caprices.

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