The rugged terrain of northern Idaho can provide some challenges for first responders. With help from the BNSF Railway Foundation, the Bonner County EMS was able to purchase an ASAP off-road ambulance. This ambulance is already helping save lives. In October, it was put to the test twice in one day with the vehicle performing beyond first responder’s expectations.
“It got us through some pretty rough country on the first call and it handled nasty, muddy cow fields on the second. That part was really no surprise – we had put it through its paces in training – but what was new to us was just how stable the ride was for the patients and attendants in the back. It is so superior on unstable terrain, that on the second call we chose to transport the patient in the ASAP rather than the ambulance due to the stability. It is an impressive piece of apparatus.” says training coordinator, Bob Abbott, of the Bonner County EMS.