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Asheville Fire Department Press Release

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The Asheville Fire Department recently received delivery of a mass evacuation bus which was purchased by a grant funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The bus is capable of transporting 19 patients on stretchers or 28 sitting.  In a major disaster, without this resource, 12 ambulances would be tied up to transport this number of patients. Regional responses will be dispatched under the direction of North Carolina Emergency Management. This resource will be utilized for mass causality incidents, rehabilitation, as a command unit, and for evacuation purposes.  The bus, which is now in service, is available for emergency response to all counties in the western part of North Carolina and will be operated through a joint partnership with Buncombe county EMS. Please contact Chief Joe Meadows at (828)-232-4511 for questions regarding this resource. (Immediate Release July 25th, 2011 – City of Asheville Fire Department, Coutesy of Kelley Webb, PIO)

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