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The other unfortunate side of using an ambulance as a truck bomb is that there is plenty of room in the rear patient compartment area to load the vehicle with explosives. Type I and Type III ambulances are larger than the van used in the 1993 World Trade Center attack and that vehicle was estimated to have 1,500 pounds of explosives in it. A Type I or Type III ambulance could easily carry over 2,000 pounds of explosives.
All we can do is what we are doing: Report suspicious activity, and it is especially important to report any thefts of ambulances to federal as well as local authorities.
GARY LUDWIG, MS, EMT-P, a FirehouseÂ® contributing editor, is a deputy fire chief with the Memphis, TN, Fire Department. He has 30 years of fire-rescue service experience. Ludwig is chairman of the EMS Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has a master's degree in business and management, and is a licensed paramedic. He is a frequent speaker at EMS and fire conferences nationally and internationally, and can be reached through his website at www.garyludwig.com.