Harris County's ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare receives first of 40 new ambulances

ESD 11 officials said the Ford F-450 Extra Cab vehicles are built with the safety of patients and crew in mind. (Courtesy Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11)
ESD 11 officials said the Ford F-450 Extra Cab vehicles are built with the safety of patients and crew in mind. (Courtesy Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11)

ESD 11 officials said the Ford F-450 Extra Cab vehicles are built with the safety of patients and crew in mind. (Courtesy Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11)

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 received the first of 40 new state-of-the-art ambulances to serve the district’s new ambulance service, ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare, officials announced in an Aug. 3 news release.

The district will take over providing emergency medical services across more than 177 square miles of north Harris County, currently being provided by Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, beginning Sept. 1.

Each of the ambulances purchased by the district cost roughly $254,200, officials said.


ESD 11 noted the Ford F-450 Extra Cab vehicles are built with the safety of patients and crew in mind. Many of the features, including ground lighting, warning devices and exterior graphics, are aimed at increasing visibility.

Additional features installed in each ambulance include extra workspace for emergency medical technicians and paramedics to safely care for patients, larger cabins for patient safety and comfort, a Stryker Power-Load system that automatically lifts and loads patients, a hydraulic oxygen lift system that avoids the needs for EMTs or paramedics to lift heavy oxygen tanks into the vehicle, five-point restraints build into each seat and an integrated children's car seat built into the ambulance's rear-facing seat.


The ambulances also contain a hybrid gasoline and battery system that can operate on battery power while parked, which officials said will reduce fuel consumption and increase the lifespan of the vehicle.

ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare CEO Doug Hooten said he was confident in the new vehicles’ ability to service the district.

“These ambulances are pretty amazing,” Hooten said in a statement. “They are being built with every important safety and comfort detail in mind. We want residents of the district to rest easy that if they ever need emergency assistance, they will get the absolute very best the industry has to offer.”

ESD 11 will continue to receive shipments of four to five new ambulances every week until all have been received. When the new service launches Sept. 1, the district plans to operate a fleet of 10 geographically deployed ambulances in the service area daily, with 18 additional peak ambulances to cover demand, for a total of 28 ambulances available during peak hours, officials said.

“The feedback we have received from our new paramedics and EMTs has been incredibly positive,” Hooten said. “They are excited to have the opportunity to use this type of leading-edge technology to serve the community.”


MOST RECENT

At a Sept. 11 practice, Houston Girls Hockey Association teams took the ice to prepare for their first games the weekend of Sept. 17. (Courtesy Houston Girls Hockey Association)
New Houston-area all-girls hockey league set to play first games this weekend, Sept. 17-19

The league was created to give school-aged girls a chance to continue playing hockey through college, since young girls can often feel discouraged playing on co-ed teams, Director of Membership Valory Zeck said.

Houston restaurant Lasagna House will be celebrating its 79th anniversary on Sept. 27 with a community event. (Courtesy Matt Vernon)
Eat lasagna, learn to line dance: 12 things to do in Spring and Klein throughout September, October

Here are a few events and things to do in the Spring and Klein area throughout the months of September and October.

graphic
DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)
Harmony Public Schools will offer virtual learning for K-12 students in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress

Schools under the Harmony Public Schools umbrella may offer up to 10% of its student body a full virtual learning option.

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to install medians along 5.8 miles of FM 1092 from Hwy. 59 to Hwy. 6 in Missouri City. (Courtesy Fotolia)
As FM 1092 median project goes out to bid, some Missouri City Council Members still object

Construction on the project to install medians on FM 1092—also known as Murphy Road—is expected to begin in the winter and last for seven months, according to officials with TxDOT.

At the Sept. 14 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting, County Administrator David Berry, top left, presents proposed tax rates to commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey, Judge Lina Hidalgo, and commissioners Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners propose lower tax rates with split vote

While the proposed tax rate is lower than the current rate, tax payers may actually end up paying more since the values of homes statewide increased this year, according to County Administrator David Berry.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough tours the COVID-19 antibody infusion center that opened Aug. 16.
(Courtesy Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough on Facebook)
Federal policy change reduces COVID-19 antibody treatment drugs coming to Montgomery County infusion center

A change in how the federal government distributes the monoclonal antibody treatment means a change for regional antibody centers administering treatments.

About 62% of Harris County residents ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County commissioners terminate $11 million Elevate Strategies vaccine outreach contract

“There’s absolutely nothing done here that was in any way deviating from the most adequate protocols, and what is sad … [is] that the COVID response is being politicized." -Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Dutch Bros Coffee serves hot, iced and blended coffee along with teas, lemonade and smoothies. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee now open on FM 2920 in Spring

Dutch Bros Coffee celebrated the grand opening of its second Spring-area coffee shop at 5258 FM 2920 on Sept. 17.

Based on a home value of $200,000, the proposed tax rate would result in property tax rate savings of about $75. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Klein ISD officials propose lowest property tax rate in 11 years for FY 2021-22

The Klein ISD board of trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

Shelters around Houston opened to help those affected by Hurricane Nicholas on Sept. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Shelters open to aid those affected by Hurricane Nicholas

Shelters have been opened by the American Red Cross to help those in need following the storm.