Avon FRS trials new electric vehicle

On the route to net zero carbon emissions, Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Avon FRS) has trialled Tesla’s offering of an emergency service vehicle. In line with Avon FRS’s focus on reducing the service’s carbon footprint, increasing resilience and making cost savings, the trial was the perfect opportunity to understand what Tesla can offer. During… Read more »

New hydrogen fire appliance research study begins

Fire and rescue services across Britain could see a technological revolution in the coming years involving the launch into service of fire appliances powered by hydrogen, thanks to the start of a new research project. The project will see a hydrogen fuel engineering firm called ULEMCo partner with Oxfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue service…. Read more »

West Yorkshire Medic Response Team launches lifesaving vehicle

The West Yorkshire Medic Response Team (WYMRT), a specialist pre-hospital emergency trauma crew, who, in their spare time, responded to 266 serious medical and trauma cases across West Yorkshire last year, has launched a new BMW X5 emergency response vehicle. It was made possible after the group successfully bid for a total of £41,220 from… Read more »

VCS reveals new MAN-based ULFA low floor platform-based concept for emergency services

Emergency service vehicle specialist VCS has revealed a range of ground-breaking concepts based on a new Ultra Low Floor Architecture (ULFA) platform developed by sister company, Promech Technologies. The all new ULFA platform’s construction offers a combination of strength, versatility and accessibility never seen in the emergency services sector, enabling VCS to produce a new… Read more »

Venari Group announces new lightweight ambulance to be built at Ford Dagenham

Brighouse-based Venari Group and Ford have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a new alliance to take cooperation between the two businesses on emergency vehicles to the next level. The Ford Venari Alliance brings the two companies together in plans to manufacture the all-new, lightweight frontline ambulance – unveiled by Ford and Venari earlier this… Read more »

VCS to unveil new MAN-based low floor bariatric ambulance for St John Ambulance

The UK’s market-leading ambulance conversion specialist, VCS, is set to unveil Europe’s first 5.0-tonne front wheel drive, single rear wheel modular ambulance. Designed and produced specifically for St John Ambulance as a bariatric ambulance, the new vehicle is based on a MAN TGE and uses the new Promech-developed Ultra Low Floor Architecture (ULFA). This is… Read more »

havebike delivers purpose-built e-bikes for Hertfordshire Constabulary

havebike, Britain’s first collect and return bike repair service, who also custom design, build and maintain the bike fleets of emergency services in London, have delivered five purpose-built e-bikes to the Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Team in the Hertfordshire Constabulary. The Safer Neighbourhood team, whose responsibilities include addressing short and long-term neighbourhood issues, identified a need… Read more »

New ŠKODA Octavia Scout now available exclusively to emergency services customers

ŠKODA’s Octavia Scout has long been a favourite choice of emergency services customers thanks to its combination of classic ŠKODA dependability and enhanced off-road potential. The new Scout is set to be no exception; more reliable and capable than ever, it is also available fully converted to the user’s requirements through ŠKODA’s ‘one-stop shop’ service…. Read more »

South Central Ambulance Service launches first electric KIA emergency response vehicles

Two Kia e-Niro cars have been launched as the first fully electric emergency response vehicles by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). The two electric vehicles (EV) have been designed and adapted by South Central Fleet Services to contain all the equipment, medication and supplies to allow first responder paramedics from SCAS to… Read more »