Vehicle Equipment

Three steps to sustainability for the emergency services

Tammy Carter, Head of Category – Fleet, Crown Commercial Service, outlines the three steps that organisations looking to shift to sustainable fleet solutions need to consider. One positive effect of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has been the beneficial impact less travel has had on air quality. With people realising the benefits of this, there has… Read more »

VCS hydrogen fuel cell ambulance set for London’s streets by autumn

A UK market-leading ambulance conversion specialist, VCS, is on track to deliver the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell ambulance to the London Ambulance Service by autumn 2021. The prototype zero emissions ambulance is the product of the ZERRO (Zero Emission Rapid Response Operations ambulance) project, which is funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles… Read more »

Ambulance manufacturer brings all production in-house

Ambulance builder, Venari Group, has become the first fully self-sufficient manufacturer of its kind in the UK, having brought all aspects of its production process in-house. It follows the commissioning of a new £800,000 component manufacturing centre – and will create 10 additional production roles at its Brighouse headquarters. Every internal aspect of the firm’s… Read more »

Rescue team use electric powered car in bid to reduce emissions

Surrey Search & Rescue is the first search and rescue (SAR) team in the country to start using the new mild-hybrid variant of the Volvo XC90. The initial response vehicle (IRV) will operate 24/7/365, attending emergencies across the county. Equipped with a laptop and printer, the vehicle will operate as an initial command unit before… Read more »

VCS appoints Daren Hutchinson as After Sales Manager

Ambulance conversion specialist VCS has recruited experienced customer engineer, Daren Hutchinson, to the role of After Sales Manager. Daren (pictured above) boasts more than 30 years of experience in electrical, technical and communications servicing, with much of his career focused in the emergency service sector, working with operational, covert and overt emergency service vehicles. This… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service unveils ultra-modern additions to fleet

The Welsh Ambulance Service has unveiled ultra-modern additions to its fleet. Among the new vehicles introduced to its 799-strong fleet is a low-emission hybrid rapid response car, the first of its kind for the service. The trust has also commissioned new and improved emergency and non-emergency ambulances, as well as a fleet maintenance vehicle to… Read more »

Unique trolley designed for neo-natal transport service

Paraid (a division of Evac+Chair International), a specialist in patient transportation, has designed a unique trolley to enable the road carriage and loading of a customised incubator system, used for the air transport of newborn babies who require emergency care. Three years in development, the Elevating Transporter+ (ET+), was required to meet an exact set… Read more »

Medical grade air filtration system for ambulances

With the risk of infection a critical concern in confined spaces, Webasto, a world-leading manufacturer of systems and solutions for the automotive market, has developed the world’s first medical grade air filtration system for passenger and emergency vehicles. High-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) are critical in the prevention of the spread of airborne bacterial and… Read more »

Tech boost for London Ambulance Service’s volunteer response cars

London Ambulance Service vehicles have received a cutting-edge tech upgrade to help crews respond more efficiently in emergencies. The AppConnect software has been donated by Volkswagen, who are one of many businesses across the country to have supported NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Features include advanced navigation, a programme that analyses and improves driving… Read more »

Blood bikes being seen, being heard and helping hospitals save lives

Having remained operational to ensure emergency equipment can continue to be provided through the current pandemic, Woodway, a proud supplier of emergency lighting and equipment to frontline responders nationwide, has been blown away by the stories of how organisations are adapting in these unprecedented times and by the commitment of workers and volunteers up and… Read more »