South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has a new weapon to tackle moorland wildfires

South Yorkshire’s firefighters have a new weapon to help them tackle moorland wildfires – off road vehicles. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has added two Polaris vehicles to its fleet, helping crews to respond more effectively to wildfires and other incidents, which might be hard to reach using a traditional fire appliance. The vehicles are… Read more »

West Midlands adds two 100% electric cars to ambulance fleet

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is continuing its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment by taking delivery of two fully electric operational manager response cars. Following the launch of the UK’s first 100% electric ambulance by the trust in October 2020, WMAS has worked with its partner, conversion specialist VCS of Bradford, to… Read more »

VCS to expand its blue light portfolio with inclusion of CM Specialist Vehicles

Police, fire and rescue conversion specialist CM Specialist Vehicles is to be absorbed into the VCS brand. This integration enables closer technical collaboration between both manufacturing sites, engineering, operations and procurement, and commits the divisions to a common set of procedural excellence. Restructure is a planned stage of parent company Woodall Nicholson’s long-term growth strategy… Read more »

Isuzu gets the blue light for ambulance converter

When specialist vehicle converter Blue Light Services was looking for a new delivery vehicle to carry its finished ambulances from its production facilities to customers, they needed a truck that was not only flexible in operation but one that could carry a finished payload of up to 4.0-tonnes. After careful deliberation, the southern based bodybuilder… Read more »

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 »

Project Siren: Ford and Venari to launch new lightweight ambulance

In the week that Ford of Britain and Venari Group jointly announced the launch of a new lightweight ambulance based on the Ford Transit chassis cab under the code name Project Siren, Emergency Services Times was granted an exclusive interview with Dr Graham Hoare OBE, Executive Director, Business Transformation & Chairman, Ford of Britain, and… 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 »