LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock EMS and UMC have purchased a new and unique ambulance to assist in emergencies. It is called a mass-casualty ambulance. What makes it so special is that it can give aid to and transport over 20 minor to moderately injured patients. Regular ambulances can only carry two severely injured patients.
The vehicle may look like a school bus on the outside, but Tim Berry from EMS tells KCBD that it is way more than that.
"This was a shell - a brand new bus - a shell they built all the patient racks in and cabinets in, so its not a converted school bus with hanging cots in it. It's made as an ambulance."
Many people have asked UMC where the money to fund this exclusive ambulance came from.
According to EMS, "We actually used part of our hospital-preparedness funds to help purchase the vehicle bus along with some funds from the department of state health services."
The mass-casualty ambulance is just one out of 13 similar buses in the state of Texas. Lubbock shares the bus with Amarillo but it stays here for maintenance operation.
Join KCBD for a tour inside the bus tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 6.