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The Samaritan is a variant of the Chimera armoured personnel carrier (APC) used by the Imperial Guard. The Samaritan is a non-combat vehicle and is completely unarmed, lacking even a simple Pintle-mounted weapon for self-defence. Instead the Samaritan is used by the the Imperial Guard's medical companies as an ambulance. The Samaritan is crewed by two medical company orderlies, and usually a surgeon accompanies them. The crew of the Samaritan collect the wounded and transport them to either a medical company aid station or to a field-hospice near the very rear of the line. These field-hospices are staffed with the merciful Sisters of the Adepta Sororitas' Orders Hospitaller. Each medical company of the Imperial Guard maintains at least one Samaritan, although it may be possible for them to have more. The inside of a Samaritan is similar to many other ambulance vehicles used across the Imperium, and the vehicle features all the necessary equipment required to stabilise and treat wounded personnel until proper medical attention can be applied. It is unknown exactly what types of medical instruments the vehicle carries, or if it carries any specialised medical equipment on-board such as medical Servitors.
Imperial Guard Medical CompaniesEdit
The medical companies of the Imperial Guard fall under the command of the Surgeon Captain of their respective company, and all medical companies are required to supply Imperial Guard Medics to the infantry companies they support. The medical companies usually comprise the fifth section of an Imperial Guard regiment's headquarters staff. The fifth section of the regiment's staff operations deals in personnel matters, tables of organisation and equipment (TO&E), troop strength reports, and the requisitioning of replacement troops. This section is usually under the command of the Prefect Secundus Militant, who is an official attached to the regiment from the Adeptus Administratum, and the section is staffed by Administratum Ordinates and Scribes. This section's only field support forces are the medical company itself.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
The technical specifications of this vehicle have yet to be released for public consumption by the Adeptus Mechanicus.
- Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign, pp. 257-258