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In order to power the life-saving equipment they use countless times everyday, ambulances across the country must do one vital thing: keep their engine running while parked.
That may not seem like much of a burden on the planet, but when you factor in 1.5-2.5 gallons of fuel emissions and nearly 33 pounds of carbon dioxide every single hour, it adds up. Multiply that times 24 hours, then times 365, and you’ve got a whole lot of diesel burning in every city in America.
It’s about time someone hacked the system, and as far as we know, an auxiliary power system called the Stealth Power EMS Unit is the only technology to date that’s been providing these vehicles with dependable power for heat, lights, camera, laptops, radio, refrigerator, chargers and power-load stretchers, without having to leave their engines idling.
Bob Patterson, Executive Director of Mercy EMS Springfield, Missouri, is excited to install them in their new Kids Team Ambulances.
“We’ll be able to run essential equipment without creating exhaust fumes in close proximity to the facility,” he said, adding that their Neonate and Pediatric transport team generally spends an extended amount of time preparing for transport.
The New York City Fire Department has already implemented the eco-friendly mobile technology in half of its 100 planned ambulance, and the city of Cary, North Carolina has one in every public vehicle: fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars.
Every new police car and ambulance brought into the city of Austin, Texas has implemented the technology in all of their new vehicles over the past three years, for a total of over 600 so far.
“Our partnership has opened the door to new economical and ecological breakthroughs for EMS and the city,” said James Shamard, Chief of Staff of the Austin Travis County EMS.
If you take into account idling fuel costs per year for each vehicle, along with preventative maintenance costs and overhaul or replacement costs per year at $2,628 per vehicle, that’s a potential $16,206 in savings that can go towards other life-saving expenses.
Noise pollution is also reduced, since the systems operate quietly, decreasing noise and engine vibration, and have built-in emergency jumpstart capability that can increase patient safety.
Hospitals like Northwell Health, JFK Hospital in Long Island and Barnabas Health in Jersey City have orders out for Stealth’s system to be installed in their fleets.
“There are a ton of industry vehicles with this problem, which you might never think about. It’s a very widespread issue,” said Devin Scott, CEO, Stealth Power.
Scott, who spent most of his career as a lawyer, teamed up with a former business partner in 2009, started his business after realizing just how many cars, police cars included, must run their engines all day just to power their standard equipment.
The duo invented the system with the goal of powering ancillary equipment without the use of an engine, and, since its inception, have prevented the release of thousands of tons of toxic emissions and preserved millions of gallons of fuel.
“Our technology offers fast access to power which aids first responders’ lifesaving efforts while creating a better work, patient, and community environment,” said Scott.