Broken Arrow Fire Department unveils new vehicle to help in winter weather
|Updated: 12/06/2013 9:24 am
||Published: 12/05/2013 8:05 pm
The Broken Arrow Fire Department has a new resource this winter season to help reach and treat patients even if the roads are treacherous.
The Alternative Support Apparatus is smaller than an ambulance but it allows emergency responders to get to patients in bad weather.
Assistant Chief with Broken Arrow Fire Department Phil Reid told FOX23 that the ASAP was funded by a grant through the Office of Homeland Security.
Reid said that the apparatus will allow emergency responders to get to patients that an ambulance can't reach.
"You can reach areas that other vehicles can't get to," said Reid, "This vehicle won't have a problem driving off road in rural areas or on iced over neighborhood streets."
Reid explained that the new vehicle is 6 wheel six-wheel drive whereas most ambulances are two wheel two-wheel drive.
"In the past we had difficulty getting to patients that are located in neighborhoods that were iced over."
Reid said that the new vehicle will be valuable to first responders and allow them to provide care in all types of weather.
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