Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is to replace its entire fleet of rapid response vehicles with 106 fully converted Skoda Kodiaq SUVs. The Kodiaq will replace the existing Skoda Octavia Scout models that have been used by the Trust for the past six years.
The Kodiaq has been specifically modified to carry a comprehensive range of medical equipment and supplies to support frontline operations. They are equipped with communications technology, 360 degree lighting, bespoke storage and livery along with a high driving position for improved driver visibility.
The Trust covers an area of nearly 6,000 square miles and in 2021/22 responded to nearly 850,000 incidents meaning that the Octavia Scout averaged around 90,000 miles of service.
Jeff Gott is the Head of Fleet at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Commenting on the change to the fleet, he said, “The Kodiaq combines 4×4 capability, a smooth drive, reliability, and a large interior for our clinical staff and life-saving equipment. The first consignment of converted Kodiaqs has been delivered and some of the vehicles have been put into service; we’ve had very positive initial feedback from the teams running them.”
Photo credit: Skoda.