Health & Medicine

Lexington gets an ambulance bus

The $316,000 mobile ambulance bus can transport or provide care for up to 20 patients at a time. Patients can be on stretchers or seated on benches depending on their medical needs.
The $316,000 mobile ambulance bus can transport or provide care for up to 20 patients at a time. Patients can be on stretchers or seated on benches depending on their medical needs.

State and city officials opened an ambulance bus for preview Thursday at the Lexington Fire Training Center on Old Frankfort Pike. The bus, purchased with $316,000 in state and federal grants, can carry and care for as many as 20 people.

The bus has a paramedic work station, a ramp to load and unload patients, a generator, suction units and the capacity to provide individual metered oxygen for 20 patients.

"The addition of this vehicle greatly increases our ability to handle larger emergencies and disasters in Lexington and throughout the Bluegrass region and around the state, for example a tornado or the evacuation of a hospital or a nursing home," Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry said.

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