Daniel Island Firefighters in South Carolina have just taken delivery of their new golf cart ambulance. Donated by a fundraising effort by the Daniel Island Rotary Club after the fire department needed a rescue vehicle for victims that are located in difficult to reach locations.
We've seen police golf carts before, but now we have a golf cart ambulance. Daniel Island has some rugged and difficult terrain, accessible with around 12 to 14 miles of trails that are heavily used by bikes, joggers and walkers. From time to time there are incidents that require a person needing medical treatment to be rescued and transported from these trails.
Fire fighters not only put out fires, these days they are usually the first response to an accident where medical assistance or rescue is required. The golf cart ambulance is equipped with a full stretcher and space beside for someone to help a patient while another drives them to safety.
"Those trails are really not accessible," Pat Richards, president of the Daniel Island Rotary club said. "Especially if anyone were to have an accident or a health emergency."
Richards said the community helped to fund the cost of the new rescue vehicle through money raised in their annual duck race.
Many custom golf cart companies offer specialized vehicles, such as an ambulance or rescue golf cart, and they are ideal for environments where a full size road vehicle is not a viable prospect. Golf cart ambulances are increasingly used at large sporting events such as The Olympics and Soccer World Cup. The following video is an E-Z-Go golf cart ambulance that is put to service inside Newcastle United's St James' Park, the soccer stadium for a Premier League team in the UK.