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Off-Road Ambulance Comes to Wisconsin Department

West Allis – An ambulance that can get into rough terrain and snake through thick crowds may soon be available to West Allis rescuers.

To improve the safety of workers on the Zoo Interchange project, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is offering to virtually buy an off-road ambulance for the city of West Allis. The vehicle would be housed near the Zoo Interchange but could be used anywhere it’s needed.

After four years when the interchange is done, ownership of the off-road ambulance would go to the city.

West Allis has taken up the state’s offer of a $45,000 grant. The grant will cover all but $9,500 of the $54,500 ambulance cost. The city will pay the rest.

“It’s a good situation for West Allis,” said Alderman Vince Vitale.

Kurt Zellmann, assistant chief of emergency medical services for West Allis, said, “I foresee using it on the Hank Aaron Trail, there was a shooting there a number of years ago, at West Allis A La Carte and the state fair.”

Madison already has an off-road ambulance it uses for events around the state capitol, and other things, he said.

With a top speed of 40 mph, the off-road ambulance can use city streets. The ambulance would go into rough terrain, retrieve a patient and then transfer the patient to a waiting ambulance, he said.

The ambulance will be able to hold one patient, two attendants and a driver. It will have on-demand six-wheel drive and 12-inch ground clearance.

It also will have its own 4,000-watt generator to provide emergency and scene lighting.