National Guard offers ambulances in winter weather

The Arkansas National Guard is providing 4-wheel drive ambulance support to Pulaski and Faulkner Counties after a wintry mix fell Monday, the Guard said in a news release.

The Guard will support the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) with four military ambulances with four stretchers each. Eight Guardsmen will be responsible

for vehicle operations and transportation of MEMS personnel and civilian patients, the release said.

The missions were approved by Gov. Mike Beebe and tasked to the Guard by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Guard said. The 87th Troop Command at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock will support MEMS in Pulaski County with three of the ambulances, 12 stretchers and six soldiers. The Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team with the fourth ambulance,

four stretchers and two soldiers will help in Faulkner County.