For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625
Two Super-Sized Ambulances Ready for 75th Rally
Sturgis, SD - Two school buses loaned from Sturgis based Harlow's Transportation have been given a new job during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Depending on the injuries, the super-sized Ambulance Bus (AmbuBus) has the patient transport capacity of six ambulances. Sturgis firefighters/paramedics can now transport a maximum of twelve patients with a single vehicle which has been retrofitted with twelve stretchers.
Angella Sutton, Meade County Emergency and Dave Smith, City of Sturgis Code Enforcement Officer worked together with Harlow's Transportation to find buses compatible with AmbuBus conversion kits.
Shawn Fischer Sturgis Ambulance Director stated, "The buses are amazing; last Tuesday evening the crew set up a disaster drill in which they triaged patients, packaged, and loaded them into the buses. Everyone thought they worked great and will be priceless in the event of a major emergency."
"Harlow's responded quickly when we asked to use two of their buses for this important job. They have been a blessing to work with and very quick to assist us, said Angella Sutton. "The kit was loaned by North Dakota Department of Health and we are excited about the additional capabilities these buses will provide our EMS personnel.”
The AmbuBuses will be activated through mid-August to assist with potential rally related incidents and emergencies.