In 2008, Dr. Hawkins published the results of a two-year-long study on a trial hybrid gasoline-electrical EMS response vehicle in the Journal of EMS. This study exploded a number of myths about the supposed inability of hybrid vehicles to perform in an EMS operational environment. It also challenged the idea of sustainability in EMS vehicles, a concept explored in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainability in EMS (iiSES). For this project, we worked from a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid platform. In its heyday, this was a truly innovative vehicle. It was the 2005 North American Truck of the Year, the first American-built hybrid, the first hybrid vehicle from an American automaker, and the first hybrid SUV.
Production of the Ford Escape Hybrid ended in 2012, and a new Wilderness EMS vehicle package is needed for the 2020s. Hawk Ventures is at the drawing board again! We’re currently building a cutting-edge concept vehicle for Wilderness EMS operations. Our plan is to have a vehicle road-ready and equipped by the end of 2019. The Hawk Ventures WEMS Vehicle Team currently includes Seth Collings Hawkins (Morganton NC), Jason Seidel (Morganton NC), Jim Hawkins (Attleboro MA), Robert K. Chapman (Morganton NC), and Corey Winstead (Asheville NC), as well as the Externship’s MD-66 John Allen (EX19) (Fletcher NC), MD-64 Hannah Loewenberg (EX18) (Memphis TN), MD-63 Michael Brisson (EX18) (Enterprise AL), MD-62 Wooten Jones (EX16) (Greenville NC), MD-58 Joshua Nackenson (EX15) (Dallas TX), and MD-53 Chris Davis (EX13) (Winston-Salem NC). Standby for some truly cool and game-changing EMS vehicular concepts for remote medical care!