A new six-wheel all terrain-type vehicle will give medical personnel with Acadian Ambulance Service Inc. access to areas that are difficult - or impossible - to reach by ambulance.
"It's called a 4-by-6, and it is built in a medical configuration with a stretcher and medical bed (to handle patients). It's for use to access a patient in certain areas or situations where a full-size ambulance would have a difficult time maneuvering,'' said Butch Oberhoff, spokesman for the Lafayette, La., based company.
Oberhoff said the company has wanted a vehicle to reach areas of Jackson County bounded by lakes, marshes and waterways. Acadian provides emergency assistance in parts of Mississippi. The machine's trailer, Oberhoff said, will double as a command post during events and other special duties.
"It's an 8-by-20 free standing trailer,'' he said. "It will be fitted out as a command post for police and firefighters can use it to get out of the weather and be able to sit down and write a report. We can also use it as a first aid station, so if someone is overcome by heat we can bring them there.''