9. Anti-idling Ambulance Pedestals

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A city-wide design and technology initiative, the anti-idling ambulance pedestals will reduce ambulance vehicle emissions without disrupting the Fire Department’s critical emergency operations. By plugging in to these curbside pedestals, EMTs can safely shut off their engines while keeping their communication systems live and temperature-sensitive medicines refrigerated.

The anti-idling pedestal’s steel trapezoidal form efficiently accommodates the interior electrical components to minimize the structure’s footprint. At the top of the pedestal, a back-lit perforated pattern acts as a beacon and indicates the functioning status of the pedestal. A circular, LED-lit polycarbonate access door is remotely activated by the user and opens to reveal the plug-in cable, which retracts automatically after use, allowing for a quick ambulance departure. This smart industrial design improves neighborhood air quality and ensures that the City’s ambulances are ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice.

This pedestals were designed by Ignacio Ciocchini and MOVE Systems in a project by the Fire Department of the City of New York.

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