- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Lafayette County is accepting an AmBus kit from the Mississippi State Department of Health for use in emergencies.

Emergency Management Coordinator David Shaw tells The Oxford Eagle (http://bit.ly/1mM3phe ) the kit will allow officials to transform a donated school bus into a 12-bed ambulance for disaster transportation services.

“In the event of a declared emergency, such as a hurricane on the coast or a devastating tornado where there would have to be a mass evacuation of casualties or elderly, the bus would come into play,” Shaw said.

The bus, provided by the county schools, is the second one donated to emergency services. The first bus was donated by the Oxford School District.

“Whenever there is a disaster like what happened recently in Louisville with the tornado, you never know when (the bus) will be needed for emergency purposes,” said county schools superintendent Adam Pugh said. “If this could save a life, it’s worth anything we can do.”

The school district will keep the bus with its other buses and maintain it for the county as well as maintain the insurance on it. The district will also provide drivers in an emergency along with emergency services drivers.

“It’s a great relationship and coordination effort between school district and county in emergency response,” Shaw said. “It will certainly be a major asset when we need to move multiple patients at one time.”

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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