Park School District Donates Bus To Estes Park Medical Center
In the spirit of community collaboration and cooperation, the Park R-3 School District has donated a school bus that was set to be removed from the school system’s inventory, but will now fill a need for the medical center and in particular emergency medical services. Dave Colson, Director of Transportation for Park R-3 School District, handed over the keys to the bus to Director of Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services, Mike Bielmaier.
The 81 seat bus was donated to the medical center and will eventually be equipped with a wheelchair lift and reconfigured for use in transporting volunteers, first responders, and emergency medical responders during emergency operations. The medical center will convert the bus to assist in mass casualty transport and evacuation for drills and in real time.
The bus will also be put to use in mass casualty training and exercises. “We are thrilled that the Park R-3 School District has donated this bus for emergency medical use,” said Mike Bielmaier. “This bus will assist us in training for mass casualty and other emergency events and will put our training to the test and allow us to see the big picture. These types of exercises are good hands-on training for our emergency personnel.” Additionally, these exercises will ensure that adequate communications capabilities exist between participating agencies such as the Fire District, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Town of Estes Park, and the Park R-3 School District.
Ambulances are ineffective and costly for mass casualty transport and are capable of only transporting two patients per trip. The bus will provide ample room for transporting emergency personnel or the transport of evacuees in case of an emergency event.
The bus will also be used at large scale events such as the Scottish Highlands Festival to provide first aid and care for minor injuries.
Estes Park Medical Center is grateful to the school district for their donation. Drills and Mass Casualty Training events will provide the opportunity for police, fire, and emergency medical staff to test their skills and learn from others and to be well prepared for a real event.