Major Emergency Response Vehicle Funded By Federal Grant

YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Suffolk County officials have unveiled a new vehicle to help in emergencies.

The MERV – or Major Emergency Response Vehicle – looks like a massive ambulance, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

The massive, 42-foot bus-like vehicle has enough room to treat 24 patients and then transport them in the event of a mass casualty event.

“This vehicle is designed to provide medical evaluations, on-site triage, firefighter and EMS rehabilitation and medical support,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “You never know when a disaster’s going to strike and this vehicle is perfectly suited when you have a major car accident or major disaster. [It can] be deployed quickly and immediately. Clearly, I think it could help save lives.”

The vehicle was fully paid for by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Bellone said it could be used in emergencies in other nearby areas.

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