PM's April 2001 Truck Of The Month: Drain Medic and Rx Plumbing

Clogged pipes and clogged arteries require vastly different methods of treatment, but San Diego, Calif.-based Drain Medic and Rx Plumbing is blurring that distinction and coming to clients' rescue in the form of the company's ambulance vehicles.

Established in 1986, Drain Medic was set up primarily as a drain cleaning service, but expanded its capabilities to include general plumbing. It now services mostly residential jobs in the San Diego area. It is an eight-truck company - two of which are sporting the ambulance faæade.

Linda Voight, a graphic designer, and her husband Vince's project began with a long search for an authentic ambulance. They finally found one being auctioned in Northbrook, Ill. After securing the vehicle, the Voights drove more than 2,000 miles in the ambulance back to their home state.

"It was our project," said Linda. "We had a lot of fun with it and we plan to make every truck in the fleet look like an ambulance." Hopefully, when they upgrade the rest of their trucks, the Voights won't have to drive cross-country - and if they do, would it be wrong to use the siren and lights to get home faster?