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I don't know what state you are in, however in New York State, the EMS regulations
part 800.22 (g) states:
"(g) have all ambulances built after July 1, 1990, equipped with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system which maintains the patient compartment at approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit regardless of outside temperature;"
https://regs.health.ny.gov/content/...ents-certified-ambulance-vehicle-construction

I see temperature control as both a patient safety and crew safety item. Good luck.
 

NomadicMedic

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I currently have a fairly newly remounted ambulance sitting in my out of service bay because the AC in the box isn’t working.

I’ve been fighting with the vendor about this since I took over as chief and they finally agreed to fully replace all the AC component parts. Now we just wait for the stuff to arrive.

Frustrating.

I wouldn’t put a truck on the road without patient compartment AC. That’s a recipe for a bad day. I I
 

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Not an ambulance, but despite being a hot, humid, 80* year round, we can't seem to figure out A/C in any of our trucks, they always break, and the Maintenance Shop can't fix them, and we're just told "too bad so sad, roll down the window for A/C"

In other news, because our 10 year old Frontline truck (with no immediate plans to replace) has been in the shop for over a month (and likely still be there for another), and the 20 year old reserve truck we were using also going into the Shop... we got to change over into a 30 year old reserve truck yesterday. Great day to pick up Overtime, getting to repack 2,000+feet of hose, and figuring out where to store all the equipment when the truck has literally half the compartment space lol
 

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NomadicMedic

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On a related note, my chief’s buggy is a 2006 Chevy Expedition that has the coldest AC I’ve ever experienced.

It’s so cold that max AC is actually unpleasant.
 

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Not an ambulance, but despite being a hot, humid, 80* year round, we can't seem to figure out A/C in any of our trucks, they always break, and the Maintenance Shop can't fix them, and we're just told "too bad so sad, roll down the window for A/C"

In other news, because our 10 year old Frontline truck (with no immediate plans to replace) has been in the shop for over a month (and likely still be there for another), and the 20 year old reserve truck we were using also going into the Shop... we got to change over into a 30 year old reserve truck yesterday. Great day to pick up Overtime, getting to repack 2,000+feet of hose, and figuring out where to store all the equipment when the truck has literally half the compartment space lol
But is it set up to ride Tailboard?
 

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I don't know what state you are in, however in New York State, the EMS regulations
part 800.22 (g) states:
"(g) have all ambulances built after July 1, 1990, equipped with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system which maintains the patient compartment at approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit regardless of outside temperature;"
https://regs.health.ny.gov/content/...ents-certified-ambulance-vehicle-construction

I see temperature control as both a patient safety and crew safety item. Good luck.

That must be nice. I remember AMR days in the So CAL desert where the back of the rig would be 90+ with the A/C on… blowing lukewarm of course because it can’t keep up with the 115+ temps outside.
 

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We're slowly phasing out the old Dodges whose A/Cs don't work, trying to get rid of them as new trucks arrive but it's a slow process. Luckily our frontline trucks stay pretty well working and we have two reserve units that are also in excellent condition
 

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But is it set up to ride Tailboard?
Kind of actually, yes. Tailboard is def big enough to stand on and ride fairly comfortably, and there's the buzzer buttons (1 for stop 2 for reverse, or whatever) to signal the driver (though we never use them, because we are strictly forbidden from actually tailboard riding haha)
 

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Dayam, one of our ambulances came within inches of crashing while transporting a patient, because of a boneheaded (I'd have some undue attention from the Mods if I wrote what I really thought about them) driver...

Basically, transporting, two lane (1 lane ea direction) road, ambulance lights and sirens, transporting a trauma patient, traffic was all pulled over to the right, ambulance passing on the left (kind of straddling the center line due to the space needed to actually pass the cars), looking the way it should.

When a car that was pulled off to the right, decided they *really* wanted to turn left into a side street.... right infront of the ambulance passing on their left.

From where we were in the Engine following behind, I have no idea how they managed to avoid a crash, ambulance swerved hard to the left, I thought for sure they were gonna crash into the far curb or something, but somehow managed to avoid any collision, and they kept going while the driver disappeared down the road. Freaking nuts
 

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Kind of actually, yes. Tailboard is def big enough to stand on and ride fairly comfortably, and there's the buzzer buttons (1 for stop 2 for reverse, or whatever) to signal the driver (though we never use them, because we are strictly forbidden from actually tailboard riding haha)
I remember fondly tiding tailboard when I started as a FF. The only time I was a bit scared was when we had a response on the freeway. Zooom!
 

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Well I finally started on my half-butt excuse for a tune up, replaced the stock air filter today with a K&N high flow filter, tomorrow it's an oil change and ACDelco spark plugs. Tonight is four hours of overtime on our new 24 hour truck, it's set up and day truck and night truck shifts which I think is awesome
 

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Had to special order a toilet flange. I just want a working bathroom again. 😭
 

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I thought I saw that you won a scholarship from Fitch
Ah yes. Indeed I did. Threw my name in the ring and got picked. My Wife is big on all things scholarships since it’s what got her (and really a younger us) through her nursing program financially.

She egged me on to fill out the application Any little bit helps.

Should have know’d you’d find something like that out @NomadicMedic haha. Good times.
 

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Jim37F

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I swear I had a reverse opticom on this morning, caught Every. Single. Red. Light. pretty much at the top of their cycles, on my way home this AM. Always fun when you were up all night running calls...
 
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