BALTIMORE (AP) — Fire officials in Anne Arundel County have unveiled an ambulance that can hold 26 patients.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the $445,000 bus-style vehicle is one of two that will be used in the Baltimore region. The other one will be used in Howard County. Twenty are being used across the United States.

The ambulance can be used to treat and transport people during large-scale emergencies that could include mass casualties, people suffering from heat-related problems at public events or the evacuations of nursing homes.

Division Chief Michael E. Cox Junior says the ambulance can supply individually metered oxygen to 23 patients at once. It can hold 14 patients on stretchers or eight in wheelchairs.

Officials say a federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant paid for the vehicle.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. baltimore resident says:

    when has this ever been needed??

    1. Rusty Shackleford says:

      Preparedness is key.

    2. BlueClaw says:

      Seriously? This could be useful in any incident with multiple patients (ie mass casualty incident). I am sure it wouldn’t get much use (God willing) but I am sure there will be calls that will benefit from it’s use.

    3. pigeon says:

      Just pray that you will never need to “ride” in one!

  2. bko says:

    Bus accidents or natural disasters

  3. that guy says:

    the DC Metro crash……

  4. Chuck526 says:

    It was used last night!

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