Officials of the National Harbor/Peterson Companies and the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center ceremoniously handed over the keys to Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor to a recently purchased EMS unit that will be stationed at National Harbor. "Cart 858" is a 2013 Polaris Ranger with a fully enclosed compartment designed to carry a patient on a full sized stretcher or stokes basket.
Additional features include a 6X6 chassis, travel at speeds up to 40 mph, on-demand all-wheel drive, independent suspension and has a low center of gravity in order to negotiate challenging terrain.
The unit will be available for service and stationed at the public safety garage on the grounds of the National Harbor. Staffing will be scheduled during events that would typically attract large crowds, most weekends and on an as-needed basis.
The MedStat off-road ambulance, manufactured by ASAP All Terrain, was purchased in a Public-Private Partnership between the Peterson Company, the Gaylord National and the Fire/EMS Department. The unit will be used to access patients from areas that cannot be readily accessed by a normal "road" ambulance. The unit cost $40,000.