AMR, the parent company of Lifeguard EMS, on Tuesday donated an ambulance to the Brown County chaplaincy program.
“It’s going to be a mobile command center for helping people, especially families that have been displace from tornadoes, fires, floods, or if there’s a massive car accident,” said Senior Chaplain Rick Phelps.
Lifeguard’s Brownwood Operations Manager delivered the ambulance to the Brown County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
“I have no history on the actual ambulance,” Chapman said. “It was sent to our fleet in Mineral Wells where they did some work to make sure it was safe, then I drove it down here.”
The ambulance will not serve in a medical capacity.
“The best thing is it’s really going to help EMS, fire, and police because if they see everyone is OK and they just need a ride to a relative’s house or a hotel, that relieves the time and stress from the first responders,” Phelps said. “We’ll be able to drive them wherever they need to go.”
Brown County Emergency Management Coordinator Darrell Johnston is over the chaplaincy program and would the make call, if needed, to chaplains Phelps, Emmanuel Jimenez or Harold Hogan to deploy.
“It’s like every other law enforcement chaplaincy, we will never self deploy,” Phelps said. “We’re going to have to be told to go. But there’s about six or seven different places to sit. We’re going to stock it with basic needs like water and diapers in case there’s family for kids that are displace. That’s all it’s going to be used for.”