Posted by Debra Worley - email
Writing contributed by WECT Intern Michelle Peck
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The first Mobile Evacuation Bus in Southeastern North Carolina was delivered to Brunswick County Emergency Services Friday.
The MAB will provide evacuation support for the County's special needs residents in the case of an emergency.
The bus is capable of:
- transporting 20 stretcher patients and 10 wheelchair patients
- can be reconfigured to fit up to 30 wheelchairs
- can be used as a rehabilitation unit at a major fire and rescue scene
There are only two other buses in the state, both are in Charlotte. Raleigh and Greensboro are the next in line to receive a delivery.
The MAB was built by Sartin Services in High Point and the funding for this project came from a $324,000 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Brunswick County Emergency Services has brought in over $2 million in grant funding aimed at disaster response and preparedness.
Currently, officials are installing radio and computer equipment and stocking the bus with medical supplies. They will test the unit's functionality on July 11.