Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Bernalillo County Fire Department is the first fire department in the metro area to purchase a special rescue unit uniquely equipped to hold up to 1600 pounds. The new bariatric rescue unit was unveiled to the media and the public Jan 10.
“The new bariatric rescue unit will be housed at Station 33 on Barcelona Southwest, but it will be made available to serve residents all over the county,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “In the near future, the county also plans to purchase two additional bariatric rescue units, and strategically assign them to specific regions throughout the county.”
The new bariatric rescue unit includes a heavy-duty gurney that can hold up to 1,600 pounds and is twice as wide as a standard gurney. There are also heavy duty ramps and a winch system which will be utilized to pull the gurney into the rescue unit.
“Not only does this make for safer transporting of larger patients, but also adds to the safety of rescue personnel while lifting patients,” says Interim Fire Department Chief Frank Barka.
The North Valley will receive a bariatric rescue unit later this year and the East Mountains will receive one in 2014.
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