MBrace, Featured in Horton Occupant Protection System™ (HOPS), Awarded 2023 EMS World Innovation Award

GROVE CITY, Ohio – Dec. 15, 2023 – Horton Emergency Vehicles, a subsidiary of REV Group Inc., and a leader in ambulance safety, is proud to announce that MBrace, featured exclusively in the Horton Occupant Protection System(HOPS), is a recipient of the EMS World’s 2023 Innovation Awards.  HOPS is a key element of Horton’s safe design and features four-point harnesses and airbags to protect emergency care providers.

Engineered by IMMI, the global leader in advanced safety systems, and launched in March 2023, MBrace is a patent-pending advanced airbag safety system designed specifically to protect emergency care providers against head and neck injuries while they are inside the patient compartment during frontal impacts, in addition to ambulance rollovers.  “After 5 years in development, MBrace is truly a game-changer in advanced safety,” said Josh Motsinger, director of sales for Emergency Vehicle/Body at IMMI.  “We are thankful to partner with Horton Emergency Vehicles to provide this innovation that better protects our first responders when they are involved in frontal collisions.”

MBrace integrates an airbag into an innovative multi-point restraint that protects emergency care providers while allowing them mobility and freedom to work.  Horton is the first and only brand in the ambulance industry to offer MBrace.  All Horton vehicle orders from April 1, 2023, include the MBrace system as standard equipment.

“At Horton, safety is our highest priority and it’s due to partnerships with global safety leaders like IMMI, that help us to achieve excellence in safety innovation,” said Dave Marshall, director of sales, Horton Emergency Vehicles. “We are delighted IMMI’s airbag safety system, MBrace, has been recognized by EMS World and congratulate the IMMI team on this well-deserved award.”

The annual EMS World Innovation Awards recognize the industry’s most pioneering products of the year displayed at EMS World Expo, held September 20-22 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Horton displayed its New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulance, the first ambulance with the new MBrace safety system.

The EMS World Innovation Awards judging panel included:

  • Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE, QI/controlled substance manager for Unified Fire Authority, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dan Gerard, MS, RN, NRP, president of International Association of EMS Chiefs
  • Michael Gerber, senior editor for Health Affairs
  • Mark Levine, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and associate medical director, St Louis (MO) Fire Department
  • Tracey Loscar, chief of operations, Mat-Su Borough EMS, Wasilla, Alaska

Find out more information about MBrace at www.hortonambulance.com/mbrace and watch the New Orleans EMS video at New Orleans EMS Video.


About Horton Emergency Vehicles

Founded in 1968, Horton Emergency Vehicles, a division of Halcore Group, Inc., is a REV Group company.  Horton® ambulances are among the industry’s most technically innovative and customized ambulances and are synonymous with high quality. The exclusive Horton Occupant Protection System (HOPS) keeps the ambulance crew safe while working in the patient compartment. With a manufacturing facility in Grove City, Ohio, Horton ambulances have Strength & Safety In Every Detail.

About IMMI

IMMI is a global industry leader in the innovation, design, testing, and manufacturing of advanced safety systems. Founded in 1961, IMMI is headquartered in Westfield, Indiana, and has facilities across the U.S. and in Europe, Mexico, and China.  They serve a wide variety of specialty vehicle segments, including Fire, EMS, Commercial trucks, school buses, defense, off-highway, child safety, motorcoach and powersports.  For more information about IMMI, visit www.imminet.com

About REV Group, Inc.

REV Group companies are leading designers and manufacturers of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services, which serve a diversified customer base, primarily in the United States, through three segments: Fire & Emergency, Commercial, and Recreation. They provide customized vehicle solutions for applications, including essential needs for public services (ambulances, fire apparatus, school buses, and transit buses), commercial infrastructure (terminal trucks and industrial sweepers), and consumer leisure (recreational vehicles). REV Group’s diverse portfolio is made up of well-established principal vehicle brands, including many of the most recognizable names within their industry. Several of REV Group’s brands pioneered their specialty vehicle product categories and date back more than 50 years. REV Group trades on the NYSE under the symbol REVG. Investors-REVG

Horton Emergency Vehicles is proud to announce that MBrace is a recipient of the EMS World’s 2023 Innovation Awards.

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