April 23, 2008 - Rural-Metro


A. Ernest Whiton
Chief Financial Officer
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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Diane Egan
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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Rural/Metro Selects ZOLL Data Management Solutions As A Preferred Vendor

April 23, 2008CHELMSFORD, Mass. — ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that Rural/Metro Corporation (Nasdaq: RURL), a leading provider of ambulance and private fire protection services, has selected ZOLL as a preferred vendor for its patient data management solution needs. Purchases of the ZOLL RescueNet ePCR Suite, a complete electronic patient care reporting solution, will be made as each location is deployed.

If Rural/Metro proceeds with orders that fully deploy the RescueNet ePCR Suite, the orders would constitute the largest to date for the Company’s software subsidiary, ZOLL Data Systems, Inc., Broomfield, Colorado. Full deployment throughout Rural Metro would represent approximately $3.0 million of software and related services, and a nationwide rollout of RescueNet® ePCR Suite. This software suite is compatible with all manufacturers’ defibrillators. ZOLL also would provide training, support operations, maintenance, and project management to Rural/Metro.

"We're very excited that Rural/Metro selected the leading electronic patient care reporting system in the industry. The system, with its intuitive user interface, can be up and running quickly and would allow them to dramatically reduce training for their medics," said David Brown, President of ZOLL Data Systems.

Additionally, Rural/Metro has chosen ZOLL Advanced Life Support defibrillators as primary devices for its ongoing defibrillator renewal program. ZOLL has supplied Rural/Metro with 55 E Series and two M Series CCTs during ZOLL’s quarter ended March 30, 2008, with an expectation that additional units will be supplied over the next three to five years. Depending on quantities ordered, this separate arrangement could generate an estimated $8.0 million in additional revenue during that time.

Richard A. Packer, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL, added, “This relationship represents an important and significant business arrangement for ZOLL. ZOLL is pleased to be able to offer a suite of resuscitation products to its customers.”

About RescueNet ePCR Suite

RescueNet® ePCR Suite combines the proven, easy-to-use TabletPCR product with a web-based PCR editor (RescueNet WebPCR) and advanced document routing for better QA/QI. It is designed to capture and allow access to all pre-hospital patient, clinical and system information on Tablet PCs and mobile computers. The RescueNet ePCR Suite simplifies data input and improves access to information. It offers dynamically configurable screens to capture patient care data; an easy-to-use, touch-screen user interface; advanced reporting of all data captured in the field; a graphical, configurable workflow editor for designing custom workflows for PCR reviews; and a web-based solution for reviewing and editing patient care reports.

ZOLL E Series: Rough and Tumble Resuscitation Device

The rugged E Series is designed to meet the specific demands and extreme conditions that professional rescuers face every day. Its EasyRead Tri-Mode Display™, for use in pitch dark or direct sunlight, provides superior readability and complete views of critical patient information from virtually any angle. Its suitcase-style design and protective roll cage option, allow personnel to carry and store the device more easily. In addition, optional Bluetooth® functionality can provide data transmission capability to a variety of destinations, including transmission of 12-lead ECGs, which AHA Guidelines recommend for out-of-hospital use to help reduce time to perfusion in acute myocardial infarction.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation is committed to developing technologies that help advance the practice of resuscitation. With products for pacing, defibrillation, circulation, ventilation, and fluid resuscitation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies, including Real CPR Help® and See Thru CPR™, that help clinicians, EMS professionals, and lay rescuers resuscitate sudden cardiac arrest or trauma victims. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the documentation and management of both clinical and non-clinical information.

ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. The Company has direct operations, distributor networks, and business partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia, and Australia. 2008 marks the 25th anniversary of ZOLL’s resuscitation product development. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

About ZOLL Data Systems

ZOLL Data Systems, Inc. (ZDS) of Broomfield, Colorado develops, markets, and sells the RescueNet suite—computer-aided dispatch, billing, field data collection, crew scheduling, and mobile data software for the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) market. RescueNet is the only fully integrated information management system that allows fire and EMS organizations to manage critical information for maximum performance. ZDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation. For more information, visit www.zolldata.com.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the future business of the Company, and other statements contained herein regarding matters that are not historical facts, are “forward-looking” statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 5, 2008. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release, and the Company disavows any obligation to update or supplement those statements in the event of any changes in the facts, circumstances, or expectations that underlie those statements.

Copyright © 2008 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. 269 Mill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824-4105. ZOLL, E Series M Series, Real CPR Help and RescueNet are registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation. See-Thru CPR and Easy Read Tri-Mode Display are trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation. All product names are the property of their respective owners.