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Seminole County FD utilizes AmbuBus and deploys for mass causality incident

By DOREEN OVERSTREET, Correspondent | November 12, 2021 | FLORIDA

Story No. 111221113

The Seminole County Fire Department recently purchased an “AmbuBus” (ambulance bus) with Federal CARES dollars and it arrived in its fleet in late October 2021.

Serves as an effective and efficient deployment asset for the Seminole County Fire Department in the event of mass evacuation and transport of patients, casualties, and others who require non-ambulatory transport. It can accommodate up to 20 patients and has 15 stretchers and four seats for patients and the stretchers can be removed or rearranged to adapt to multiple types of situations.

One of the main uses for the AmbuBus is in Mass Casualty Incidents for “special call” emergencies (MSU-1 – Medical Support Unit #1). At mass casualty events, it is important to ensure there are no “walking wounded” and to establish scene safety.

For example, the SCFD deployed the AmbuBus when there was a 15-car pileup accident on the 417 in Oviedo, Fla.. There were hundreds of gallons of fuel on the road in a quarter mile area and more than 26 people were involved. The AmbuBus brought the patients to a secure and safe location and it also allowed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to interview all eye witnesses involved in the accident.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.