Hundreds of thousands of kilometres are logged while emergency services race around the city saving lives. Now they’re going to do it a little bit greener.


Calgary EMS is in the process of replacing older, gas-guzzling support service Jeeps for specialty staff for travel to calls and meetings with two more fuel-efficient models and a hybrid.


“This is just the first step,” said Paul Lapointe of Calgary EMS, adding the service is also looking for ‘green’ SUV’s that are big enough to meet their front-line needs. “We’re not only trying to save lives, but we want to make sure we’re doing our part in saving the environment as well.”


Lapointe said the new vehicles, on order after an intensive project evaluating which fuel-efficient models were best suited to their daily grind, should help EMS carve down their fuel costs while leaving a lighter environmental footprint.


“These vehicles will be used very intensively,” Lapointe said. “It’s a pretty exciting time.”