Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink? This isn’t just a line from a famous poem; it’s a serious public health threat that arises during every flood. From contaminating the water supply to creating electrical dangers to denying access to food and medical care, floods put everyone at risk. Emergency authorities depend on disaster recovery vehicles to minimize these risks and protect the public.
Some might think that being the son of a David Ayres — a legendary pioneer of the recreational vehicle (RV) industry — gave Daniel Ayres a boost in the industry. And they’d be right, but not for the reasons that likely come to mind. Daniel’s father was a strong motivating force in his life who taught him the value of hard work, reverence for the Lord and, of course, everything he knew about the family business. His father and two partners grew the business from 1956 until the late 1990's into three successful dealerships across Texas, so there certainly was plenty for Daniel to learn.
Imagine the benefits of self-containment in a mobile medical vehicle. In many areas of the world, this type of vehicle can change and save lives. Mobile medical vehicles are able to move into some of the most diverse and difficult areas where medical care is significantly lacking. Yet, traditional systems can pose a risk for contamination. If a single person with a life-threatening virus enters a space like this, it can potentially be difficult to eliminate the risk for the next patient. Yet, with the help of self-containment, this no longer is a concern. There’s a solution here capable of protecting the lives of many.
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The Rose reduces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay. The Rose addresses any barrier that might keep a woman from caring for her own needs.
In Texas, 2.2 million women have no health insurance — the highest rate of uninsured women in the country. Breast cancer is 98 percent curable when detected early, but women aren’t getting the mammograms they need for better chances of survival due to lack of access to care and insured status. Those living in rural towns face even greater challenges seeking medical treatment and diagnosis.
Having access to high-quality and comprehensive healthcare offers those who can take advantage of it a number of advantages. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's "Healthy People" initiative, people who have medical care have better health, a reduction in unnecessary disability and an increase in both the prevention of diseases and their effective management. The agency also recognizes several barriers that can reduce access to health services including an inability to obtain preventative services and a delay in receiving appropriate medical care.
In an emergency situation, it is vital that your organization has everything necessary within arm’s reach. This is the purpose of mobile command vehicles. A command vehicle for your emergency medical team, a police squad, fire department or SWAT unit enables your group to carry much-needed supplies and capabilities into the field. Learn more about the versatility of mobile command vehicles as you consider the addition of this equipment to your organizational fleet.
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Technology has transformed our society into a fast-paced and highly connected world. Thanks to technologies and innovations, our mobile medical vehicles are better equipped to provide life-saving services. From ensuring clean water to reducing idling and in-car emergency vehicle alerts, medical vehicles of today are light years ahead of those from a decade ago. If you are considering how you can implement the latest technology and equipment into your customized mobile medical vehicle, check out these trends.
Some specialty vehicles — including ambulances and fire trucks — are everyday sights on local roadways. Others, such as mobile emergency response vehicles appear following natural disasters and help communities recover.
Examples of services specialty vehicles may house include:
- Clinics for medical, mental and veterinary services
- Command centers for law enforcement and medical triage
- Flood and mudslide rescue in high-water trucks
- Mobile hubs for Internet communication
- Resource offices for displaced residents and businesses
Emergency response teams deploy many kinds of specialty vehicles during and following natural disasters. In 2017 alone, such events included three hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and in the Caribbean, massive wildfires in northern California, and mudslides in southern California following wildfires.
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Mobile medical vehicles — such as ambulances, bloodmobiles, mobile clinics and mobile mammogram vehicles — actually have a very long history tracing back to ancient times. The earliest ambulances were carts used for the transport of patients. We know that these cart ambulances were used in the late 1400s. Early ambulances were used to transport wounded soldiers to field hospitals.
It wasn’t until the Civil War in the United States that superior ambulance wagons were designed, and these were the first purpose-built ambulances. William A. Hammond was the Surgeon General at the time, and he not only designed these ambulances, but he demanded that there be one for every 150 soldiers. He also insisted on medical supply wagons, another type of medical vehicle, for every regimental corps.
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Blood is a liquid that circulates throughout the entire body. Its existence is so fundamental to life in the way it carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell. While it brings life and vitality, it also flushes out waste and fights off unwanted infections. Without adequate blood, a person would be in serious, life-threatening trouble. In fact, as reported by the Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood to stay alive. Around 36,000 units of blood are needed every single day.
This is why it's so crucial to donate blood. Taking a few moments out of your day to donate blood could make the difference for someone struggling with a serious illness, infection or injury. Your donation could literally save their life.
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