WINDSOR, Ont.—An Ontario municipal ambulance service has teamed up with Crestline Coach Ltd. and Ferno Acetech Canada to create a safer ambulance for paramedics and passengers during patient transport.
Built by Crestline, seven new ambulances delivered to Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are equipped with a comprehensive integrated seat belt monitoring and management system with the ability to track seat belt usage in all five seating positions in the vehicle.
“Every day, we are looking at ways to make our vehicles safer for both our paramedics and the patients we serve,” Essex-Windsor EMS chief Bruce Krauter said in a statement released by Crestline. “This technology allows our staff to administer critical medical care in a safe environment.”
Inspired by the ambulance service’s senior management, the system was developed by Crestline and Ferno Acetech using the latter’s informatics and monitoring modules, allowing the driver and management to monitor seat belt use on board.
Seat pan and seat belt sensors help track use, using a visual and audible warning to let the driver know whether passengers are belted in, while simultaneously sending data back to management remotely.
“Monitoring and reducing risk are key components of our strategic plans,” said Dean Wilkinson, Essex-Windsor EMS deputy chief. “We strive to maintain the highest safety standards for those who are here to keep our community safe.”