It is a brand new ambulance, capable of carrying up to 16 patients. The multi-patient response vehicle was shown off Thursday by the Coastal Bend Regional Advisory Council.
The organization was able to purchase a $400,000 ambulance bus as part of a joint venture between the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo. The vehicle can be used during major disasters or evacuations in which large numbers of people need medical attention.
"It's got a full compliment of oxygen, all the electronics telemetry, life patch, what we call the 12 lead, so it's as advanced of an ambulance anywhere, just with the ability to care for multiple patients," said Rick Adams, executive director of CBRAC.
CBRAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost effective and consistent trauma services to the area. San Antonio already has three similar vehicles.