Boston College EMS is now equipped with a 2012 Ford Explorer XLT for use as an Emergency Response Vehicle. This Class-V non-transporting ambulance, licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachussets, was acquired and put into service in February 2012.
|The Boston College EMS Ford Explorer is completely custom. The exterior vinyl Scotchlite™ graphics were designed by Boston College EMS and then produced and applied by MHQ. Interior LEDs are located behind both the rear window as well as in the brake light casings.|
|Both sides of the vehicle display custom graphics including Boston College EMS's own patch, along with the organization's motto of "Serving the Boston College community since 1997". |
Customized mirrors were added to the Explorer to include forward facing LEDs, as well as downward lights to illuminate the ground when exiting and entering the vehicle.
|The standard dashboard for the Ford Explorer XLT includes controls for passenger comfort such as heated seats and climate control. A large display screen shows the current information from these systems as well as displays the video stream from the vehicle's backup camera when the transmission is in "reverse".|
The right-hand handheld module is for radio communications to both the Boston College Police Department, Central Medical Emergency Direction (CMED) and local EMS and Fire agencies. The left-hand module is used for controlling vehicle lights, siren and PA system. Both units are detachable but can rest (as shown) in the mounts located on the dashboard.
|The handheld Motorola radio unit located on the front dashboard connects with the Motorola transmitter/receiver located in the rear passenger compartment. This apparatus was placed here to maximize space for the driver and passenger in the front seat.|
|Amoung the lights controlled by the light/siren controller on the front dash board is this custom Whelen lightbar. The light program of this lightbar is highly customizable and can include a bright floodlight feature to illuminate everything in front of the Ford Explorer. Also controlled by the light controller (but not pictured) are lights located in the front headlights, front grill, back side windows, rear window, and rear taillights.|
|Custom-built for Boston College EMS was this pictured rear Odyssey storage unit. This unit can slide forward to reveal storage space below. This unit allows storage for a folding backboard, stairchair, extrication apparatuses, splinting equipment, med-sled, and a fully equiped EMT bag.|
|Stored beneath the sliding storage unit are oxygen tanks as well as protective helmets/face shields for use by EMTs near structure fires, motor vehicle accidents or other hazards.|
|Before aquisition of this vehicle, a lengthy proposal and planning process was undertaken. The results of this careful planning can be seen in this binder kept in the vehicle at all times which details important information, reminders, protocols, and contact information for the drive and EMT on shift.|