18 February, 2021
New Ambulance for Edmonton
FAR North Queensland residents in need of emergency pre-hospital care are being better serviced with the addition of a new Mercedes Sprinter 419 emergency ambulance.
Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave Hon Curtis Pitt MP said the state-of-the-art vehicle is helping provide first-class healthcare to the community.
“The vehicle includes a number of practical features to assist officers during a wide-range of daily operational duties, including a power-assisted stretcher, which has been proven to reduce the risk of manual-handling injuries.”
In addition to the Stryker power-assisted stretcher which can carry patients up to 318kg, the vehicle is equipped with a Stryker stair chair to safely support patients weighing up to 228kg.
“Being able to raise and lower patients at the touch of a button protects our paramedics from potential lifting and carrying injuries,” Mr Pitt saidQueensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Assistant Commissioner Michelle Baxter said QAS ambulances travel more than 44 million kilometres per year and the new vehicle will make the journey more comfortable for officers and patients.
“These new ambulances have undergone extensive conversion in consultation with paramedics and are a highly effective platform to provide emergency pre-hospital care to the sick and injured,” Assistant Commissioner Baxter said.
“The vehicles are specifically designed to meet our needs and contain safety features not commonly available in standard vans within Australia.”