A blessing was held Monday for six new ambulances that will be in circulation on Oahu.
The ambulances will serve various communities, including Kailua, Aiea, Waipahu and Ewa Beach.
The vehicles, which cost $190,000 each, are critical in the aftermath of the closure of St. Francis West.
"In the absence of an area hospital, the volume of 911 calls has increased," said Emergency Medical Services Director Mark Rigg. "The transport times to emergency rooms have inevitably been longer and the wear and tear and the mileage of these ambulances in the leeward area have just about doubled."
The new rigs will replace ambulances that have more than 100,000 miles on them.