STRATFORD, Conn. -- Stratford EMS' new Polaris utility task vehicle -- or UTV -- was officially deployed in June this year, but it's already seen action.
The UTV can move patients from hard-to-reach areas to ambulances, and it can accommodate a stretcher or a patient rescue basket. It also has a winch and has limited towing capabilities.
SEMS is now able to quickly get a crew and its gear close to the patient and then quickly move the patient to the ambulance with increased safety, limited delays due to the crowds and limited disruption to crowds at events.
It was purchased to address the varying environments that SEMS operates in -- and in just the past month has already seen plenty of action.
During the Stratford Festival, it was used to move a patient through a crowded Main Street to the ambulance area. During the fireworks, it moved a patient from the crowded beach area to the ambulance staging area. And during this past weekend's Blues on the Beach, it transported four.
"This vehicle provides increase capability and functionality to our fleet and is a wonderful enhancement to our abilities to provide high quality care to the residents of Stratford," said SEMS Director Mike Loiz.
SEMS will be using the vehicle at most large town events, for search and rescue on the beach and forest, and during severe weather events.