First wave of new public safety vehicles presented

DETROIT (AP) — The first of a new set of public safety vehicles have been presented to Detroit’s police chief and fire commissioner.

Mayor Dave Bing handed over the keys to 15 new squad cars and 10 ambulances Thursday during a presentation downtown.

Thirteen more ambulances are expected before the end of the year, while an additional 85 patrol cars will roll out as they’re equipped.

Each of Detroit’s 23 ambulances is being replaced at a cost of about $161,000 per vehicle. The new police cars cost from between $45,000 and $50,000 each.

The vehicles were purchased with an $8 million donation from city business leaders to improve public safety.

Donors include the Penske Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Quicken Loans.

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