The American Red Cross is unveiling the "next generation" of emergency response vehicles. Directors of the local Red Cross felt privileged to preview the vehicle Thursday afternoon, because there are currently only two prototypes in the U.S.
The Red Cross has named one of the prototypes 'David', and the other they call 'Linda.
'David' is traveling along the western United States while 'Linda' is making a journey through the east coast.
'David' traveled to Grand Junction through stormy weather in southwestern Colorado.
The trip is part of the National Red Cross Pilot Test to gather feedback from Red Cross volunteers.
Directors said the new prototypes took five years to develop, and the goal was to make them more cost-efficient and provide a better experience for volunteers and the people they help.
"Our emergency response vehicle is a huge tool that we use on disaster response to provide food and information and supplies out to our disaster clients," said Eric Myers, executive director with the Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross.
"It helps us move volunteers around more efficiently and be able to provide the resources that our clients need," Myers added.
Red Cross officials said the agency has more than 320 emergency response vehicles in 49 states.
Over the next decade, they expect to replace the current fleet, while saving millions in reduced maintenance costs by switching to a more effective platform, officials said.
'David' will be stopping in Las Vegas after leaving Grand Junction.