Members of Westport Emergency Medical Service will soon be driving in style, as the Westport Volunteer EMS has formally turned over a 2011 Ford Expedition to the unit.

The vehicle, complete with state-of-the-art emergency lights and sirens, radio communication systems, and paramedic equipment, will be used as an emergency paramedic "fly car." When Westport EMS responds to a call, an ambulance is dispatched, as well as a paramedic in a non-transport vehicle, or fly car.

The Ford Expedition replaces a 1999 Chevy Tahoe that was beyond its useful life as an emergency vehicle, according to WVEMS officials.

Westport EMS, a division of the Westport Police Department, has a fleet of three ambulances and three fly cars. With six paid staff and 100 volunteers, the EMS crews respond to about 2,200 calls annually.

While one of the WVEMS missions is to support Westport EMS through recruiting volunteer personnel as well as fundraising for the purchase of equipment and supplies, the group also has other projects, such as community outreach and CPR training, according to EMS Coordinator Marc Hartog.