Dartmouth s student-run Emergency Medical Services response team is leasing a 2008 Ford Explorer in order to allow the group to arrive faster at scenes with more equipment and resources when responding to calls, according to Summer EMS director Ryan Speers 11.
The SUV is not currently authorized to transport patients in any condition, however, and its availability will have a negligible effect on the College s Good Samaritan policy, Speers said.
Dartmouth EMS expects to begin using the vehicle - which is being refitted with emergency lighting, EMS identification and storage space for medical supplies - at the beginning of Fall term. The SUV will be used primarily for responding to medical calls during weekends, when EMS serves as the first response team for on-campus emergency calls. It will also be used to transport equipment and personnel to various training classes and medical standby events, Speers said.
This is a major step forward for the [EMS] program, Speers said. We ll hopefully be able to expand hours, and that will be a benefit to students on campus. [It will also] allow us to bring a ton of extra equipment to calls, beyond what s required by law but which could be really useful.
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