This autumn will see the welcomed arrival of 17 brand new replacement Double Crewed Ambulances (DCA) with the vehicle being faster and better equipped to deal with frontline NEAS daily life.
They are part of a total of 35 vehicles, with the remaining 18 being delivered in the spring of 2015.
The new DCAs contain the larger 3.0V6 engines that, according to other Trusts who use them already, are much more reliable and durable than the current 2.0 engines. They are also recognised for having additional power and torque, which makes them easier to drive.
These vehicles are also equipped with the recently introduced Stryker XPS stretcher. The apparatus is fitted with different side rails than the existing stretcher, with seven different locking angles which can be used to carry larger Bariatric patients.
Geoff Craik, head of Fleet Services, said: “The current emergency fleet has been maintained to a very high standard but having these new vehicles will be great for our staff and benefit the patient’s overall journey experience.”