Hospitals are always looking for ways to transport their patients as fast as possible—typically by helicopter or by ambulance.
On Friday, Region 7's Emergency Medical Task Force showcased a new ambulance bus—or AM-BUS—to local Temple hospitals.
"This is going to really be beneficial for us in this region,” Jennifer Henager with Scott & White Hospital said.
Officials say the AM-BUS will be used to transport less severely injured victims during natural disasters. In the past, local hospitals had to depend on federal help which can be expensive and take a long time to arrive.
"We evacuated 210 nursing homes out of the Houston-Galveston area during Hurricane Ike with 500 federal ambulances," Curtis McDonald, EMTF coordinator, said.
Hurricanes are just one of the natural disasters Texans have to deal with. This AM-BUS can also help local hospitals deal with an overwhelming number of patients.
Officials say it's important to relieve the amount of traffic in one hospital, so the staff doesn't become overwhelmed and the patients don't have to wait too long.
Now with the bus, they can transport victims to multiple hospitals.
"This has the range of a large commercial bus so roughly 700 miles if we needed to," EMTF Medical Director Taylor Ratcliff said
Temple’s new AM-BUS is one of 13 throughout the state and officials expect to add to that force in the future.
Region 7's AM-BUS resides in Austin, but will respond to 28 different counties in Central Texas—an area that stretches from Waco to San Marcos and College Station.