- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - A northern Alabama manufacturer has developed two ambulances to help kids in need in south Florida.

Excellance, which was launched in Madison, Alabama, in 1975, has finished production on two custom rides for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Al.com (https://bit.ly/1R1J1HI) reported. The emergency vehicles serve the area’s only licensed specialty hospital for children with more than 650 physicians and 130 pediatric specialists.

The vehicles have a heart and teddy bear graphics to match the hospital’s medical helicopter. It can transport up to two cots, have four air condition systems, feature a DVD player and screen for long-distance traveling, and are equipped with two hydraulic oxygen/medical air lifts.

Excellance said they also have a FireCom Intercom System, which facilitates communication between medics and the driver during transport. An Engel Medical refrigerator is on board to keep IV fluids and medications at the right temperatures during storage.

The company makes rescue trucks, command/communications units, bomb squad units, roll-off P.O.D. modules, hazardous materials vehicles, and special test vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense. Excellance’s Mobile Stroke Unit is one of only a couple existing in the world with technology to help victims receive the fastest, highest-quality care during a stroke.

Excellance is also the only company to design and build a custom ambulance that runs solely on compressed natural gas.

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