Mini Ambulance Hits Street in Dunedin, FL

Feb. 29, 2024
The little rig will help Dunedin Fire Rescue crews navigate through crowds.

Dunedin Fire Rescue has something other departments in the Tampa Bay region don't -- a mini ambulance.

The little rig will allow a patient to be treated in privacy.

“Our previous version, we were not able to put a stretcher on. It was wide open and provided no patient privacy and it was not climate controlled,” Deputy Fire Chief Michael Handoga explained to 10 Tampa Bay. 

The $70,000 vehicle, purchased with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received by the city, will enable crews to respond quickly into tight, crowded areas.  

The city hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year. 

Fire officials also say it will come in handy during and after severe weather events when access to areas may be limited.