CURRITUCK CO.-- Currituck County is the home base for a new medical ambulance bus designed to transport a large group of people injured during a mass casualty incident.

The air-conditioned bus is capable of transporting 18 bedridden patients. Beds can be folded up to accommodate patients in sitting positions as well as those in wheelchairs.

Currituck Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Robert Glover said that all members of the Fire and EMS staff will be trained to work on the medical bus and a small number will be trained as drivers.

The bus was recently assigned to Currituck County and will serve 13 northeastern North Carolina counties including Currituck, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington.

The bus was funded through a grant provided by the Department of Homeland Security and is housed at the Lower Currituck Volunteer Fire Department's station in Grandy.

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