Vehicles

New fourth-generation Škoda Octavia vRS now available to UK police forces

The all-new Octavia vRS is now available for blue-light fleets. ŠKODA’s performance model has been an integral part of the brand’s line-up since 2001 and the fourth-generation vRS is the latest in a long-line of ŠKODA cars expertly converted for the emergency services. Equipped with a powerful 2.0-litre TSI engine that delivers 245PS to the… Read more »

Centrik helps West Midlands Police put the focus on policing

West Midlands Police has turned to Centrik to manage its complex drone programme, using the powerful operational management system to improve efficiency and help its officers ‘spend less time on administration and more time policing’. The West Midlands Police drone programme – working closely with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) – provides 24/7 unmanned… Read more »

Hamad Medical adds command and control vehicle to its connected fleet

With The Emergency Services Show (ESS) postponed until April 2021, Emergency Services Times (EST)visited Excelerate Technology’s Tech Week event at its Cardiff HQ for a tour of the company’s latest incident command and control vehicle – developed for Hamad Medical Corporation, the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar – which would have formed the centrepiece… Read more »

WMAS launches the UK’s first 100% electric emergency ambulance

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has taken a major step forward in reducing its impact on the environment by launching the first fully electric emergency ambulance. WMAS is at the forefront of developing ambulance technology along with its partner, conversion specialist VCS of Bradford, through the company’s unique construction method to ensure the ambulances are… Read more »

Scotland’s thin blue line begins to go green

Hyundai Motor UK has announced the award of an initial contract to supply circa 180 Kona Electric 64kWh vehicles to Police Scotland. The agreement supports Police Scotland’s ambition to establish the first blue light, ultra-low emission vehicle fleet in the UK while making a significant contribution towards the Scottish Government’s legally binding target to cut… 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 »