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Local Red Cross getting an emergency vehicle upgrade

Monterey >> It’s ultra-sleek, uber-safe, and fitted to specs.

A state-of-the-art emergency response vehicle is being custom-built for the local American Red Cross chapter and should arrive in 9-12 months. The vehicle will replace one of the three older emergency vehicles that are currently being used in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties and will be better outfitted to serve the needs of potential local disasters, said Michele Averill, CEO of the Red Cross of the Central Coast.

Coming on the heels of one of the worst natural disaster years in California’s history, the $250,000 piece of equipment will be the first “next generation” emergency response vehicles in the Central Coast region. Its purchase has been made possible by donations spearheaded by the regional property and casualty insurer, Capital Insurance Group, which contributed $70,000.

“I was thrilled, so grateful, I couldn’t wait to share the news with the volunteers,” said Averill, “They’re the ones getting up in the middle of the night (driving these trucks) to deal with disasters.” In 2017, the local Red Cross chapter responded to nearly 150 local disasters, most of which involved one of its three emergency response vehicles.

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