Spartan Motors Chassis introduced a new non-emergency
ambulance transport (NEAT), a low-cost transport vehicle designed for
transporting patients who are not in critical condition.
Based on the Ford Transit Connect chassis and is supposed to meet KKK and FMVSS specifications. With 135 cu.ft of area, I'm not sure if it would be legal to operate as a patient transporter in some states like Texas.
I'll reserve judgement until I see a pic but there can't be any room for a tech in the back with the "patient" can there? Are they going to put these people on a stretcher and just leave them back there all alone? I mean that ain't even right I don't care what they say. And can you clarify the KKK specs? I'm quite familiar with FMVSS but the only KKK I'm aware of wear pointy white hoods and bedsheets and I don't really think anyone would want them in the back of the ambulance with them. If you do you scare me! By the way I'm white but I don't want, never wanted any part, nor will I ever want any part of the KKK. Those guys are "nuttier than a can planters", to quote a famous author.
I just googled ford transit connect and damn that thing is small. Just seeing the size and reading everything they put in it I would not want to be the tech in the back for a long distance transfer. I forgot who said it but you'll definatly need a trailor or a second rig to carry the pts personal effects. Until I see a version in person my vote is nay.
KKK-A-1822F "STAR OF LIFE AMBULANCE" STANDARD.
This standard was created by the General Services Administration of the United States Federal Government as a guideline for the proper construction of an ambulance.
I really don't think this is intended for long tranfers, say between cities, but looks great for intra-city tranfers. You know, from the Mumbly Manner Assisted Living Center to St. So-n-So's Hospital for a routine appointment and back. It's not intended for emergancy transport...in which case an Abulance would be indicated.
That being said, there's no need to haul the pt's personnal effects if it's just a "day trip" to the doc and back. Obviously this isn't desigend for every pt transfer, but it is an option so that ambulances and larger pt transport vehicles remain available for those cases for which they are required.