“The whole system is working” says Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean. “It doesn’t work if we have members getting sick and they can’t come to work.”
This is because this department recently purchased multiple Bioquell BQ-EMS units to assist with the department’s new decontamination practices recently put into place amid the COVID-19 outbreak. This decontamination process has become essential to keeping D.C.’s first responder fleet going. So much that they have even dedicated a separate garage for the process.
After transporting a COVID-19 patient, the ambulance is brought in for the decontamination process and within about 2 hours, the ambulance is ready to get back on the road.
The Bioquell BQ-EMS utilizes hydrogen peroxide vapor technology to automatically decontaminate the inside of ambulance rigs. By placing the unit inside the rig, the unit emits a 35% hydrogen peroxide vapor which covers every exposed surface and breaks down the walls of pathogens that are existent. At the end of the cycle, the peroxide is then broken down into water and oxygen so that the vehicle can be reclaimed immediately.