GERMS owns two duty rigs, Unit 8 and Unit 9. The newest ambulance, Unit 9, was placed in-service March 2011. The Vice President of Operations generally oversees the ambulances, while the Director of Ambulance Operations handles the daily tasks of maintaining the two rigs.
All members of the organization have the opportunity to become emergency ambulance drivers. These driver trainees must complete a 25-hour emergency driving course and pass both written and driving tests. The course encompasses various skills including, but not limited to, the knowledge of driving boundaries, dimensions of the ambulances, and effective emergency driving. Georgetown’s Office of Transportation Management services both ambulances.
Unit 9 arrived on campus on February 3, 2011. Unit 9 is a state-of-the-art type III ambulance mounted on a Ford E-350 gasoline chassis. It was manufactured by PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in Manasquan, New Jersey and sold by DPC Emergency Equipment in Marydel, Delaware. GERMS, GERMS alumni, and Georgetown administratiors gathered on February 21 to dedicate the ambulance, and it officially went into service on March 13, 2011.
For information on PL Custom Emergency Vehicles, visit their website.
With the purchase of Unit 9, Unit 8 became GERMS’ secondary duty ambulance, used mainly for standby medical coverage at large events, and to provide an extra crew on busy shifts. It is 96” wide and has a 12’ long patient compartment. Unit 8 has a powerful diesel engine and a payload of 2000 lb. The curb weight (the empty vehicle with nothing in it) is a little over 9500 lb. The GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) is nearly six tons. The gen-set allows the patient compartment to function without the rig’s engine running, supplying enough power to run a household AC unit, an electrical furnace, a water-supplied heat radiator, and 110V AC power.