BELOEIL, QC, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Cranberry Township EMS (CTEMS), Pennsylvania, purchases two Demers MX 152 ambulances built on the Mercedes' Sprinter Cutaway Chassis to increase safety and visibility of their emergency vehicles fleet for patients, the community and EMS professionals.
"The safety of the vehicles focused on two platforms: patient, provider, and public safety plus crash avoidance and survivability," explains EMS Chief Jeff Kelly. "The ergonomic portion of the design was also instrumental in the overall safety of the vehicle. The idea is that, from a seated, restrained position, the provider can ergonomically reach everything needed for 95% of the calls that we transport to the hospital. Everything about the vehicle, the chassis selection, the manufacturer, the color, the provider location, the rear of the ambulance, ALL designed with the aforementioned platforms."
Underscoring Cranberry Township's purchase of the Demers MX 152 ambulances is The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Ground Ambulances Crashes Report in April 2014. The study highlights the need for innovative solutions to reduce injuries and fatalities.
- 4,500 annual crashes, 34% of which resulted in injuries
- Annual mean of 29 fatal ambulance crashes, 33 fatalities; about 25% of these were occupants in the ambulance
- Annual mean of 1500 injuries related to ambulance crashes; 46% of these were occupants in the ambulance
Designed to improve crash avoidance
Advanced warning techniques selected for the CTEMS' ambulances include emergency lighting which washes an intersection with a red light when an ambulance enters. Another alarm system enhancement is the "Rumble" Siren. In addition to the expected siren call, the "Rumbler" siren uses low-frequency waves that shake solid material. Drivers and pedestrians in the area will feel a little vibration while in proximity to the ambulance. Also, the CTEMS investigated both European and Canadian choice of paint and graphics and emulated the bright, highly visible yellow color and Blue stripe graphics for greater visibility and awareness.
Designed to improve crash survivability
- Forward-facing seating with a 3-point seatbelt and a workstation with all supplies and equipment within reach while remaining seat belted
- Aluminum cabinetry that has been engineered to withstand a 25G static pull test ensuring its structural integrity maintains during a crash – not currently in the ambulance standard
- All equipment mounts or restraints are engineered to withstand a 10G static pull test, ensuring they stay in place during a crash and do not become a potential injury hazard to the occupants during a collision, not currently in the ambulance standard
- All cabinet panels are shatterproof; DOT rated Lexan instead of Plexiglas
Videos of Interest
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH crash test video of a traditional stretcher system and occupant seating after enduring a 30 mph dynamic crash: http://www.ems1.com/ems-products/Stretchers-and-Stair-Chairs/video/3221446-NIOSH-ambulance-crash-test-video/ Starting at 0: 26 :
Demers testing and certification: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoEOwceoi6U Begins at 4:02
NHTSA Ground Ambulance Crash Data: https://www.naemt.org/Files/HealthSafety/2014%20NHTSA%20Ground%20Amublance%20Crash%20Data.pdf
About Cranberry Township Emergency Medical Services
Our mission at Cranberry Township Emergency Medical Service is "To Preserve Life and Promote Health and Safety in our Community!" For over 40 years, Cranberry Township EMS has been "answering the call" for the residents and visitors of our community. We have grown in similarity with the community and continue to provide exceptional pre-hospital care. We take great pride in providing outstanding customer service, excellent patient care and safe transportation to the hospital because we care about our community.
About Demers Ambulances
Demers, Ambulance Manufacturer Inc. (Demers Ambulances) is a World Class leader in ambulance design, manufacture and distribution and one of the largest firms in North America. With 55 years of success, Demers has sold more than 18,000 ambulances to customers in over 20 countries. With advanced products that consistently meet and exceed expectations of emergency services specialists around the world, Demers Ambulances is recognized as an innovator in ambulance engineering, introducing and perfecting details that keep paramedics and occupants safe while meeting today's global challenges.
Demers Ambulances is accredited ISO 9001:2008 and by Transport Canada and the USA DOT, by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) in the USA within their "MEMBER VERIFICATION PROGRAM" and recognized as a "QUALIFIED VEHICLES MODIFIER" (QVM) by the Ford Motor Company and, an approved up fitter for Mercedes Benz Sprinter Customer Assurance Program, Demers ambulances meet or exceed the highest standards in the industry. To learn more about Demers Ambulances, visit demers-ambulances.com
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