Red Cross Volunteers Test Prototype ERV

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is helping design the next generation of the Emergency Response Vehicle or ERV .

Volunteers spent the afternoon test driving and checking out a new vehicle prototype, which will one day replace dozens of ERV's that are more than 10 years old.

So, the vehicle is getting a make-over and only a dozen chapters across the country are providing feedback.

Volunteers say the prototype offers a smoother ride, it is easier to drive and is equipped with more technology but they say it does have one big draw back.

"There's not as much room in the service area. It would be very difficult to do bulk distribution in one of these. It's more compact. There are more amenities in it but that makes it more crowded," says Kathy Cheatham, a local Red Cross volunteer.

Each volunteer will share their likes and dislikes.

The information will be gathered and used to design the next generation of the emergency response vehicle, which could hit the streets in about two years.

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