The Advantage of Non-Emergency Services
While we are used to thinking of medical transportation in terms of emergency response, they are used in a number of other ways. Due to local ordinances, they are required at a variety of public events. They are also the best transport for some medical materials, especially given that they are suited for a variety of tasks. Ambulances and other emergency vehicles may also be ordered to a particular spot in anticipation of emergency situations or to act as mobile medical stations for some situations. They are used for more than emergency services; they can show up in a variety of different situations ready and wiling to work.
Public events are required to have some sort of first aid station available for attendees in order to handle a wide variety of different problems. Given the crowds, it is inevitable that someone will succumb to some sort of medical emergency. While most of the emergencies that they deal with are pretty minor, usually a sprained ankle or minor cuts and abrasions, they can also deal with heat exhaustion and heat strokes, as well as administering CPR and other life-saving techniques. Being on the spot also means that they can effectively shorten transportation times as they do not need to arrive there; they just need to take the person to the hospital.
Medical transports can also be used to transport medical materials quickly across town, such as organs for transplant or drugs and equipment between local hospitals. While they may not be allowed to use their lights and sirens for such non-emergency measures, they do have advantages over civilian couriers, such as having a staff already on board that can ensure the care of the materials in transit. They also already know the best routes between locations, and also where they need to know without wasting time consulting a device, giving them an edge when it comes to time and care.
Lastly, they can be used as mobile medical dispensers. While they may not have the full range of equipment or other supplies of a full hospital, they can be deployed to specific locations during potential emergencies, such as evacuation centers, enabling them to take some of the load off hospitals and allowing them to focus on bigger problems. While their first priority may be as medical transport, they may be used in other ways to better serve the community as a whole, and not just limited to playing medical taxi for patients.