Emergency services benefit from zero emission vehicle funding boost

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced that £77m will be made available to support ambitions to build an end-to-end supply chain for zero emission vehicles that includes ambulance and fire and rescue services vehicles. One of seven projects to receive funding from the APC Collaborative Research and Development Programme, the £7.9m HYER POWER project… Read more »

Another step forward for a greener fleet

London Ambulance Service (LAS) is updating its ambulance fleet with help from MAN and has been listening to its staff to make sure they meet all their needs, and meet London’s stringent emission standards. The service announced the delivery of the first nine bespoke ambulances and revealed that their design had been the result of… Read more »

Green boost to London Ambulance fleet

A fleet of electric Mustang Mach-E cars has hit the capital’s streets as part of London Ambulance Service’s mission to ‘green up’ its vehicles. Seven of the iconic cars are already in use with a further 35 being delivered over the next few weeks, making this the biggest fully electric fleet of Fast Response Units… Read more »

New chief for Scottish Ambulance Service

Michael Dickson OBE has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service. He is currently Chief Executive of NHS Shetland and NHS Orkney and will take over from current SAS Chief Executive Pauline Howie OBE, who is retiring. A start date is still to be agreed, but the two will work… Read more »

Celebrating International Women’s Day with London Ambulance Service

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has doubled the number of women who are specially trained to work in the most dangerous environments, after a targeted recruitment campaign. Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics respond to patients in the most perilous of situations including fires, collapsed buildings, people trapped under trains or vehicles, people in water, or… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service appoints first midwife

The Welsh Ambulance Service has appointed its first lead midwife to improve care for women, birthing people and their babies. Bethan Jones, a midwife at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales, has been appointed Local Safety Champion for Maternity and Neonatal Care to ensure women, birthing people and their babies receive safe and effective care. Bethan will work… Read more »

Don’t ignore the Red X

National Highways has teamed up with national emergency services organisations to remind drivers not to ignore the Red X sign when travelling on the nation’s roads. The Red X is used to close lanes when an obstruction such as a broken-down vehicle is detected in the road ahead. Drivers can face a fixed penalty fine… Read more »

800 new ambulances in England, but capacity remains a critical issue

In a new delivery plan published by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, ambulance services capacity comes under scrutiny with ambulance bosses being asked to provide capacity plans for 2023/4 and identify gaps before 800 new ambulances are added to the fleet. According to the two-year plan for recovering urgent and…