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Fire dept. to test fire truck, ambulance combo vehicle

Similar units are used in Italy and are expected to function best in rural areas

By Sam Boyer
The Dominion Post 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A prototype emergency vehicle that will operate as both an ambulance and a fire engine could be on the road for trials by the middle of next year.

The Fire Service and St John Ambulance hope the dual-purpose "fire-ambulance" will provide better care for patients, particularly in rural areas where volunteers are hard to find.

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Sheila Ryan Sheila Ryan Saturday, October 13, 2012 6:30:10 PM I don't see the logical thinking here personally why put them all in one if the amblunace has to leave the scene weather it be a fire or mva or mci u don't want your rescue aparatus going to nor all the people that rode to the scene in that equipment....bad bad I dea~.
Robert Musselman Robert Musselman Monday, October 15, 2012 9:54:03 PM Does anyone make a rescue truck/ambulance combination. I don't need the pump and hose.
John Smith John Smith Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:26:36 AM Clearfield, PA had one. The "seats" in the back could be used for patient transport. Under the seats were the water tanks. It also had a set of JAWS in each side. A pump with handlines on each side. Plus all their "stuff". They cover 18 miles of I-80. They designed the truck after one wreck needed all they had and then some. The one problem was it used the old Ford cab over and with the four wheel drive you almost needed a ladder just to get in th cab to drive it. A member had to take special training just to ride it as a helper, then more training to work their way up the different crew positions. They presented the plans to PennDOT and PennDOT help pay for it. Oh yea! it was named "THE MONSTER".

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