Emergency Vehicle Fleet
Our ambulance vehicles are all equipped with a GPS (Global Positioning System). The GPS system is based on a constellation of geostationary satellites. These satellites are used for localization, to calculate the exact geographical position close to ten meters of each vehicle in service. The GPS system allows the dispatcher to see each movement of vehicles.
Knowing the location of the call and the position of vehicles, the computer-aided dispatch system allows the dispatcher to select the most appropriate ambulance to reach the scene of the call.
In addition, all of our ambulance vehicles are equipped with vehicular computers which allow us to supplement the ambulance call reports and also have access to computerized maps.
Type III Ambulance
We use this type of ambulance to cover the region of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
Emergency Response Unit
This vehicle is used for daily supervision. The Superintendent visits the teams in the stations, assists the teams and ensures the proper operation of the service in the region.
Emergency Support Unit
This vehicle is used for replenishment and for operations support.
This vehicle is designed to be the communication center that can accommodate three services such as police, firefighters and paramedics and has the capacity of being moved to the emergency site. It can be used during emergency procedures such as those we experienced in 1998 during the ice storm. It is equipped with computers, connections for amateur radio, television, etc. The communication unit will also serve as headquarters for special events and group gatherings. It should be noted that this vehicle is available to all emergency services in Prescott and Russell.
The Department of Emergency Services has a fleet of 19 vehicles that are detailed as follows:
- 8 primary ambulance vehicles (Type III)
- 6 spare ambulances (Type III)
- 2 emergency response vehicles
- 1 administrative vehicle
- 1 emergency vehicle
- 1 communication unit
- 1 fully equipped trailer for a major accident with multiple injuries
At all time, the Department of Emergency Services has 7 vehicles on duty on the road, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, and a vehicle Tuesday to Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.