Fire department adds ambulance for obese patients

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Fire Department has added an ambulance retrofitted to help safely transport obese patients weighing more than 650 pounds.

The department added ramps and a pulley system to a rescue unit to create its new Medical Support Unit 19.

Special Operations Battalion Chief Jim Davis said Monday the department is doing patients and staff a disservice if it isn't prepared for larger community residents.

The department used a $30,000 grant from the Central Ohio Trauma System to retrofit the unit.

The ambulance will be available to communities outside Columbus for emergency assistance when needed.

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