After 25 years, graphics schematics on Wilkes Emergency Medical Services ambulances have been updated.

The new look is on the agency’s two new ambulance remounts on truck chassis funded in this year’s budget.

A third unit with the new look will be funded with an insurance reimbursement covering a major mechanical failure.

It will be used as more ambulances are replaced due to age and mileage, said Wilkes EMS Director Tim Pennington.

Pennington said the new colors - blue and yellow - are brighter and were combined with a new design to create a more modern look.

Pennington said these colors also represent life, trust and comfort, which he said is what Wilkes EMS team members strive to provide for the citizens of Wilkes.

He said the brighter colors will enhance safety for EMS crews. All of the new graphics are reflective to light in the dark.

Northwest Emergency Vehicles in West Jefferson builds and restores ambulances for Wilkes EMS.

Pennington, in his first year as director, designed the new look. He said the only functional change is an area added for keeping medication cool or warm, whichever is needed.

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