BCAS Unifies Prehospital Care in the Largest Canadian EMS System
Rear 1/3 and 2/3 doors make entry easy for crews and patients.
The exterior compartment has an increased height for easier sight and retrieval of stretchers, two levels for more storage space, and heat and cooling systems for patient comfort.
The new BCAS ambulances are built on 139" wheelbase Chevrolets. The overall box dimension is 88" x 151" but the box width was reduced to 88", four inches narrower than the previous units. This allows for increased maneuverability and safety.
The floor design allows the use of the original OEM suspension to achieve the required loading height and a special, angled floor platform allows for more natural ramping of the cot wheels and less forward force required to push the cot wheel up to floor height.
The exterior of the ambulance is outlined in reflective trim for high visibility.
A fuel-efficient dome on the box reduces fuel consumption and incorporates LED warning lights.
The units have inside/outside access to patient care kits and stair chair storage on the side door.
Convenient compartments and electrical/oxygen controls are located between the two side seats.
An oxygen outlet is conveniently positioned at the left rear of the patient compartment that enables crews to connect portable oxygen devices at that location rather than having to climb around the patient to get to an “action wall” regulator.
The interior features four patient attendant seats:
1. One at the head of the patient (the traditional airway position);
2. One at the patient’s shoulder area;
3. An adjustable swivel seat next to the patient’s torso; and
4. A fold-down seat inside the side door that can be used when a second patient is placed on a special street-side platform configuration.
A special platform configuration and pull-down wall platform allows for placement of a second patient on a Ferno #9 folding stretcher
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