Ambulance 279 – BLS Unit
2009 Horton International
The primary care provider’s seat is equipped with an air horn on the floor board. The fuel tank filler hole is located directly beneath the door.
The rear compartment on the passenger side contains long board for spinal immobilization, a scoop stretcher, a Reeves stretcher, a stair chair, Hare traction devices, and a KED. Boards should always be secured using the blue strap. The tool compartment visible in the right of the photo holds two spare portable oxygen cylinders, the Big and Easy kit to gain entry into locked vehicles, and tools such as an ax and shovel.
279’s stretcher features an electronic lift component, making one person operation easier than the standard stretcher. The primary care provider sits on the bench in the right of the photo, and any additional support sits in the chair behind the head of the stretcher. The cabinet shown in the back right houses the portable oxygen bag, trauma bag, portable suction device, LUCAS Chest Compression System (not shown), pediatric attachment for the stretcher, AED, and mass casualty incident tags.
The driver’s seat features a variety of bells and whistles! The most important thing for non-drivers to know is that the black box underneath the seat has a rotational switch that enables/disables the auxiliary power throughout the unit. Turn it to the right to enable the power source, turn to the left to disable.
The rear compartment on the driver’s side houses two spine kits, one burn kit, and an obstetrics kit on the middle shelf. The tray in the middle stores additional spider straps and traditional straps. The top shelf holds additional collars, head beds, and immobilization equipment. On the bottom, we carry one dry chemical extinguisher and one water extinguisher. The water canister can be recognized by the large opening on the end of the hose, whereas the dry-chem extinguisher has a small discharge diameter. The toolbox on the left carries caution tape and a few of our larger handheld tools. The toolbox in the middle carries road flares. The toolbox on the right is where the majority of our hand tools are stored. The cooler in the back is filled with bottles of water.
The tall compartment is where 279’s oxygen supply is stored. The H cylinder features a motorized lift so that replacement of the cylinder is made easier. Two life vests are kept at the top of the compartment. The gear locker is shown at the right of the photo, and it carries a large flashlight, two SCBA setups, and the personal gear of whoever is staffing the unit.
Keep her clean!