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MedStar's first vehicle in the Tri-Cities

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PASCO, Wash. -- MedStar unveiled its newest ambulance Wednesday at the Open for Business Expo at Trac in Pasco. MedStar has helicopters and planes in the Tri-Cities, but the ambulance the first vehicle.

It'll be used to transport critical patients from one hospital to another or during bad weather when a helicopter can't fly. It'll also be used for the most serious patients that may need more than a normal ambulance can offer.

Suzy Beck is a flight nurse with MedStar. She says, "Often times, patients are on ventilators or on medications that paramedics aren't allowed to take. So we would then be able to continue that level of intensive care in between facilities."

Beck also says the MedStar ambulance has space for two stretchers. liquid oxygen that lasts longer than regular tanks, and even a TV. It'll start transporting patients in the Tri-Cities next week.