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Thursday, June 9, 2016

PGFD Accepts Delivery of UTV Ambulances

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

PGFD Accepts Delivery of UTV Ambulances
by Michael J. Marino, MS., NRP, IAAI-FIT, Special Operations Battalion Chief
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

Prince George’s County has taken delivery of six Urban Terrain Vehicle (UTV) ambulances to improve patient access to remote locations and improve patient movement for austere environments.  The UTV ambulances will be made available to high risk venues where the potential for mass casualty events can be anticipated, as well as being deployed as needed to respond to mass casualty events.  These vehicles have off road capability, increased scene lighting, powered wench, as well as a specifically designed patient transport area specific for rugged deployment and evacuation.  They can be configured to transport a crew of four with gear to remote locations or can be configured to transport two to three providers and a patient.  The wide range of versatility is one of the main reasons PGFD went with this design.  Subject matter experts from the austere, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), and wilderness medicine community helped design the carts for optimal effectiveness.

Trailering systems were also purchased with these vehicles (not delivered yet).  The UTV were delivered last month with up-fitting of the patient area being completed in early June.

Four electric powered patient transport carts were also purchased to replace our fleet of electric carts at FedEx Field staffed by our special events unit (not  delivered yet).

The six gas powered UTV’s will be housed in Central Prince George's County. The four electric carts will be housed at FedEx Field.  Similar carts based upon these specifications will be delivered to other regional partners to promote interoperability and regional capability.

The funding source was UASI Grant --  14-UASI-606-02