Northwestern University has agreed to donate a new ambulance to the City of Evanston.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said in a news release that she appreciates the school’s continued support for the city’s Fire and Life Safety Department.

The university donated $550,000 to the city for a new fire engine in 2009 that went into service last year.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said the new advanced life support transport ambulance will go into frontline service this fall, as soon as the licensing process is completed.”

It will replace a current unit the city will then keep in reserve, Klaiber said.

The new $253,000 ambulance “will enable us to continue to provide excellent, responsive service to Evanston residents,” the chief added.

University President Morton Schapiro said NU is please to continue to support the city’s efforts to provide services that benefit the entire Evanston community, including Northwestern students, faculty and staff.

“Northwestern and the City are partners in many important efforts, such as mutual police support, so we hope this donation further solidifies what is an already productive relationship,” Schapiro added.

Top: Evanston’s current Ambulance 23. (File photo by Mike Perlman)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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