08/14/09 130 W, 2 I - + 9 - 6 Here Comes The Bus

Wake County EMS has taken delivery of a 2009 Intenational/Sartin mobile evacuation bus. Built by High Point-based Sartin Services, the patient evacuation/triage vehicle was conceived by Ed Sartin, President, after Hurricane Katrina. Read that story of how he envisioned a vehicle that could both treat and transport large numbers of vicitims. The newly delivered unit will be lettered and striped next week. Lee Wilson has posted photos, taken at the Wake County Emergency Management warehouse. Sartin buses are already in service in Charlotte and Brunswick County, with others in production for Guilford County, among other locales.

Lee Wilson photo

Lee also sneaked a peek at the new Wake County EMS logistics unit, a 2008 Dodge Sprinter. See more posted photos

Lee Wilson photo

the new mass incident bus would have been very handy to have at the garner plant explosion. It looks great. every county in NC should have one.
charlie - 08/15/09 - 08:45

Maybe I’m missing something here, how is one bus going to “transport large number of victims” ? It’s only one bus after all.
Paul - 08/15/09 - 20:50

I believe these buses can transport 20 to 24 boarded patients at once, which is worthy of the label “large number,” especially in comparison with the 1 to 2 capacity of regular ambulances. That’s a considerable reduction in the caravan of ambulances required at a scene.
Legeros - 08/15/09 - 20:59

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