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Ambus to bolster CCFD medical response capabilities

Posted: 2:37 PM, Aug 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-21 20:04:45-04

Corpus Christi will be more than prepared if there is a major emergency.

The Corpus Christi Fire Department has received a grant that will allow it to buy an ambulance bus called an Ambus.

The Ambus unit allows paramedics to treat and transport up to 20 patients at a time. It is equipped like an ambulance, including patient ventilators, wireless vital sign monitors and other life-saving equipment.

Fire Chief Robert Rocha said after Hurricane Harvey, the fire department realized they desperately needed one.

“We saw that we needed some assistance with the ability to transport patients, a number of patients that are ambulatory, out of the city. We were able to pursue a grant, and working with our local regional advisory committee, we were able to secure $577,000 for the Ambus,” Rocha said.

The bus will replace an outdated AMBUS unit within the fire department’s fleet, and will respond to various parts of the Coastal Bend.

Chief Rocha says the bus is under construction and will arrive at the beginning of 2019.