|Braun Representatives on NFPA 1917 Committee||
With over 40 years in the EMS industry, Braun has established itself as a leader among competitors. One way we aim to do this is by staying on top of the latest industry trends and needs. We are always at the forefront of safety mandates, constantly seeking out innovative ways to protect the patients and crew that ride in our emergency vehicles.
There has been a lot of talk in the ambulance community about the forthcoming NFPA 1917 standards. These will be the new standards for automotive ambulances that were originally set to go into effect January 1, 2013. The document is currently under review, with the next edition due out in 2016.
In order to stay on top of these standards and provide practical industry knowledge in the development of them, Scott Braun, Braun Vice President of Quality Solutions, has been appointed an NFPA 1917 Technical Committee Member. Chad Brown, Braun’s VP of Sales & Marketing, serves as his alternate. Scott joins other representatives from ambulance manufacturers, fire departments, chassis builders, and more to help properly scope out these new standards.
To date, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances, has been somewhat controversial. Without gaining widespread adoption, the document is currently open for public input. This public input period will last until July 8, 2013; an electronic system for submitting and processing feedback was recently implemented to facilitate this dialog. The 1917 Committee is also currently considering two tentative interim amendments that were proposed by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO).
If you’d like to review the current version, you can view it on the NFPA website. There, you can also submit your comments.
We look forward to keeping you informed about the latest on NFPA 1917 as things progress!
|Improvements in Ambulance Interior Design||
Here at Braun Industries, we’re always looking for ways to make our “Built for Life” emergency vehicles safer for the patients and crew they carry. This has meant significant changes in the interior designs of ambulances over the years. Today, we are seeing a strong movement towards convenience and ergonomics and have transitioned our designs to meet those needs and proactively prepare for the implementation of the new NFPA 1917 standards.
In many of today’s ambulances, you will see a traditional squad bench, a CPR seat, and a Captain’s chair. At Braun, we recommend “fast-forwarding” your interior design into the future by featuring all Captain’s chairs. This type of chair should include 5 or 6-point extended reach safety belts and forward-facing capabilities. Why? The best way to keep our paramedics safe during transport and patient treatment is to keep them seated. The Captain’s chairs combined with thoughtful cabinet placement and equipment storage will keep everything within reach, so there is less movement throughout the module.
By definition, ergonomics means “The study of efficiency in working environments.” Therefore, this is also something very important to us. In emergency medicine, time is of the essence. Being efficient in your ambulance work environment can mean the difference between life and death. Here are some of the key things we’ve focused on when looking at the ergonomics of our emergency vehicles.
By doing this, we can work to eliminate possible injuries from moving about the module and reduce the stress put on your body from twisting and turning to reach things.
With the introduction of the new NFPA 1917 standards, consumers will soon see dramatic changes in the way ambulances are built; all of these aimed at making emergency vehicles safer for the patients and crew they carry. At Braun, our approach has been to get ahead of NFPA 1917, by implementing many of the new standards on our emergency vehicles currently in production and thinking outside-the-box to design and build the best ambulances out there.
We look forward to educating you more on NFPA 1917 in the coming months. As it currently stands, the appeals closing date is Jun 27, 2012. The standards will go into effect on all newly placed orders starting January 1, 2013. If you are considering purchasing a new ambulance, we strongly recommend you touch base with your local dealer as soon as possible and work to get your order placed before the January 1st deadline.
If you’d like to know more about Braun’s innovative seating options and interior designs, please contact us today. We’re more than happy to answer your questions and enlighten you on some of the cool things our customers are doing. Post a comment below, or email us at Social@BraunAmbulances.com
|Enhanced Ambulance Layout with the EZ Door Forward||
Safety is a primary focus in design at Braun Industries. With every new innovation we dream up, consideration of patient and crew is at the top of our list. At FDIC 2012, we proudly debuted our new EZ Door Forward ambulance design configuration. Today, we’re sharing that experience with you through a video tour of an EZ Door Forward unit, narrated by Regional Sales Manager, Eric Wilcox.
In this design, Braun’s well-known EZ Glide Door has been placed at the front of the unit where the standard ALS cabinet is traditionally located. The ALS cabinet is then positioned behind the door for ease of access to equipment and supplies. The sliding door makes for safer entry and exit into the ambulance module and protects EMS professionals from accidentally opening the door into oncoming traffic while on-scene.
The forward layout of the door also enhances the interior of the ambulance module. With this location, there is more room and storage in the box for interior cabinet space and customization. Additionally, 5-point seating positions essential life care equipment within easy reach, enhancing patient care.
The EZ Door Forward featured in the video is a Chief XL Type III ambulance on a Chevy G-4500 chassis. It is a 169″ module with 72″ headroom.
If you’d like more information on the EZ Door Forward layout, please contact us or leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!