911’s bus ambulance: One of a kind in PH-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE City Government of Davao has acquired a brand new state-of-the-art bus ambulance, which will be operational two weeks from now.
It’s the first of its kind in the country and can hold 15 patients at a time.
In an interview, Central 911 head Emmanuel Jaldon said the bus ambulance can respond more efficiently to rescue operations since it is equipped with almost all fundamental medical facilities found in a hospital.
He said they are still awaiting the arrival of more medical equipment to be installed in the vehicle and the bus will be fully operational in two weeks' time.
"The bus is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment. It's an Isuzu hindi ko lang matandaan kung anong model basta it's customized for this purpose," he said, adding that the bus arrived about two weeks ago.
Public Safety Command Center (PSCC) chief Francisco Villaroman said the bus ambulance is of great help since most of the city's ambulances are old and need to be replaced.
The city has 12 ambulances deployed in Central 911 satellite stations in Toril, Panacan and Calinan, but 15 more ambulances are actually needed to improve the city's emergency response.
"Murag hospital na pud (It is more like a hospital). It can be converted into an operating room of a hospital," he said.
The bus ambulance, which has 15 beds, oxygen tanks, hooks for dextrose bottles, and a storage for emergency equipment for rescue operations, will be manned by medical professionals like nurses, first aid personnel and a doctor.
He added that they can also let other areas in Davao Region borrow the state-of-the-art bus ambulance if needed.
The arrival of the bus ambulance came not long after the City Government of Davao forged a partnership with IBM to create an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) to improve the PSCC's capacity to respond to calamities, traffic accidents, and fire incidents, including anti-criminality and anti-terrorism efforts and traffic control through the use of technology.
PSCC is planning to install 200 additional Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras by October this year. A total of 110 CCTV cameras were already installed.
Villaroman said IBM made Davao as a model city in the world for a smarter city.
"It's 50 percent completed pero ang IBM machines complete na. This is primarily to protect the people of Davao," he said. "This is not a violation of any law, especially on privacy because cameras are installed in public places to protect the people."
The official added the IOC is already in full-swing even in the far-flung areas, especially at the checkpoints so that they can monitor the law enforcers.
Should there be accidents, the PSCC can immediately dispatch emergency response team even if the agency has not received any reports.
"Madaling araw nangyari ang accident, banggaan makakapadala tayo ng rescue even if no one is calling us (For instance, the road accident happened at dawn, we can immediately send rescue team even if no one is calling us)," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 31, 2013.