EMS gets new special operations truck

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - First responders in Baton Rouge say they're now better equipped to handle large scale emergencies.

East Baton Rouge EMS purchased a new special operations truck for use at big events, like football games and parades.

The truck is designed to be able to handle several victims at any scene. EMS leaders said the new truck is going to be a big help when it comes to emergencies.

"This vehicle is pretty much self-sufficient," said Mike Chustz with EBR EMS. "It can operate for about 24 hours on a scene continuously. It has generators. It has several different power outlets to plug in other equipment if you need to. It carries 120 long spine boards, which are the boards we use to immobilize a patient if we need to do that. It carries 200 C-collars. It just carries a large, large amount of equipment in the event that we have a large accident."

EMS workers are making the final touches to get the truck equipped the way they want and hope to have it in service soon.

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