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Harpur's Ferry purchases new state-of-art ambulance

By : Gail Glover

Harpur’s Ferry plans to begin using its new wheel-coach ambulance featuring new state-of-the-art equipment, including standard equipment, oxygen supplies and an advanced life support system that contains a defibrillator and an intubation kit.
A new wheeled ambulance recently purchased by Harpur’s Ferry and featuring state-of-the-art life- saving equipment is expected to be in service by the end this week.

The 2003 wheeled-coach ambulance, which boosts the campus emergency response fleet to four vehicles, is now in the process of being stocked with supplies and equipment.

“Harpur’s Ferry needs to expand with the University,” said Brandon Leonard, chief for the organization, which responds to approximately 500 emergency calls a year. “Many times we get simultaneous calls and we’re only able to cover one. With the addition of a second ambulance we’ll be able to cover these calls and the students who give us our budget.”

The vehicle arrived on campus last week. Harpur’s Ferry currently has one other wheeled-coach ambulance and two first responder fly cars.

Harpur’s Ferry recent acquisition contains standard equipment including oxygen supplies and an advanced life support system that contains a defibrillator and an intubation kit. Other features include a state-of-the-art suspension system, which provides a more comfortable and smoother ride for both patient and crew and an abundance of interior lighting, as well as a hepa-filtered air heating and cooling system.

The new ambulance will carry state-of-the-art equipment, including a LifePak 12 Cardiac Monitor used for Electro Cardio Gram (ECG) readings and defibrillation. The ambulance is one of only eight collegiate EMS agencies in the nation to offer advanced life support to their patients.

Funding for the new equipment and ambulance came from an accumulation of the student fee allocations from the Student Association. Harpur’s Ferry transports patients to University Health Services and to local hospitals.

The unit provides free basic and advanced life support services to students, faculty and staff on and off campus. The organization has approximately 146 student volunteers who work anywhere between 6 and 24 hours per week during the academic year. Each volunteer is required to participate in a 72 hour advanced first aid class as well as a 140-hour EMT course.

For more information about Harpur’s Ferry, visit their website at or contact Josh Parsons at

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Last Updated: 10/14/08