11 Februari 2015
Humvee ambulance (photo : pdff)
QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be turning over five (5) additional High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) or “Humvee” ambulances to the Philippine Army in support to its Forward Medical Support System.
The additional units are currently under the custody of the AFP General Headquarters’ Supply Unit for final inspection before its formal turn over to the Army.
According to BGEN Michael BJ Manquiquis, Chief, Office for Defense Reform, a total of 30 units of Humvee were approved for acquisition to fulfill the Army’s 1 ambulance to 1 battalion ratio.
The five newly acquired Humvee units, in addition to the 23 units initially turned over by the DND to the AFP last January 26, 2015, form part of the 30 units. The remaining two ambulance units are said to be in transit.
The Humvee ambulances were acquired to supplement the existing materiel capability of the Philippine Army in providing adequate and timely medical support to soldiers especially combat casualties.
Humvee ambulances are equipped with life-support systems to provide immediate medical response to combat casualties prior to their transport to the nearest capable medical facility. These ambulances are designed to traverse all road types and are suitable for the rugged cross-country terrain of most conflict-affected deployment areas.
The Bureau of Customs acknowledged the delivery of the 5 ambulance units on February 01, 2015.