Claremore Daily Progress

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July 15, 2013

EMS students get practical with real ‘ambulance’



 Brull took the decommissioned ambulance to his home workshop and, armed with a blowtorch, started slicing the box off of the chassis and the front cab. That alone took a week.  During the next 10 months, he continued to chip away at the ambulance job between studying and working full time. “I really just worked on it whenever I could get a few minutes to myself,” Brull said, estimating that he spent more than 100 hours on the project. 
Finally, moving day came over Father’s Day weekend. It took Brull six hours to get the rig out of his workshop, advancing the giant aluminum cube a few inches at a time, and onto a trailer. 
 Once he made it to campus, the RSU Physical Plant crew lent a hand, though they were skeptical about Brull’s plan. “We thought, ‘now that is a crazy idea,’ “ said Nick Leras, a maintenance technician involved in the move. “But when you come into work in the morning, you do what they tell you, so we started talking about how we could do it.”  
They opted to use a backhoe to bear the weight of each 1,500-pound ambulance half, tying straps around them and hoisting each from the shovel end one at a time.  Brull said that he had measured and re-measured the ambulance and the window over the previous months, so he was certain that it could be done, but his heart was still pounding as the backhoe shovel lifted the first ambulance half off the ground.  
The crew pushed the ambulance half toward the hole. The backhoe arm jerked closer and closer to the brick facade of the Medical Services building, its motion less than surgical. 
 The first aluminum block slid through the window hole like a hand into a glove, a half inch to spare on each side. The second one went in just as smoothly. A few hours after they’d started, the two halves had been reassembled, and the window was back in place shortly after lunch. 

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