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April 24, 2024

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WMC Adds AmbuBus to Emergency Vehicle Fleet

The vehicle will be available to provide medical treatment and patient transports during a mass casualty or evacuation event.

Williamson Medical Center (WMC) has announced the addition of a new Mass Casualty AmbuBus to its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicle fleet. The AmbuBus will serve as a group transport vehicle for patients in the event of a mass casualty or mass evacuation emergency. The specialized vehicle is a converted school bus acquired with assistance from the Williamson County Government, Williamson County School District and Williamson County School Bus Garage.  

“The WMC EMS team is dedicated to providing exceptional emergency care for Williamson County patients and this vehicle is another measure to further strength our ability to serve the community,” said Michael Wallace, Williamson Medical Center EMS Director. “We are grateful to Williamson County Government, the Williamson County School District and the Williamson County School Bus Garage for the instrumental roles they played in the acquisition of this invaluable resource.”

About the AmbuBus

The vehicle is a converted 2005 Thomas-Built SAF-T-LINER 40-foot school bus powered by a 260 HP Caterpillar diesel engine now equipped with 12 NATO MEDIVAC-style stretchers giving EMS providers the ability to transport a minimum of 12 bed-confined patients. The stretchers occupy two-thirds of the bus, while the front third area will be utilized for patient assessments. Features of the new AmbuBus include a 13,000-watt STADCO diesel generator to provide power for all external electrical needs (HVAC, electrical outlets, etc.), three DOMETIC 13,500 BTU (British Thermal Units) HVAC systems for patient comfort and safety and 12 Wireless Vital Signs Monitoring Systems (WVSMS) that give EMS providers the ability to wirelessly assess each patient’s EKG, pulse oximetry (SPO2), and blood pressure. 

The bus was retrofitted (paint, reflective striping, floor, additional seating, HVAC system, generator, emergency lights / siren) by Select-Tech out of Shelbyville, Tenn. and funded by a grant from the Tennessee Highland Rim Healthcare Coalition. As a result of this funding, the AmbuBus will be regionally available in times of need. The patient transport system was purchased from and installed by First Line Technology out of Fredericksburg, Va.

The AmbuBus will be staged at select community events in the coming months.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.