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 »

New Turntable Ladders go on the run in Mid and West Wales

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) has upgraded its aerial rescue provisions. On 4 January 2021, three new Turntable Ladders were made operationally active by MAWWFRS and went on the run at Morriston, Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest fire stations. Group Manager Ricky Woodhead said, “We’re delighted to bring in these state-of-the-art appliances into… Read more »

Emergency volunteers launch lifesaving vehicle

The Cheshire and Shropshire Immediate Care Group (CSI BASICS), a network of volunteer medical staff, who give up their free time to support the North West Ambulance Service in emergency incidents, has launched a new BMW Rapid Response Vehicle. This was made possible after the group successfully applied for a £50,000 grant from the British… 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 »