Ambulance fleet replacement programme "a success" as last vehicles rolled out

Date: 16 June 2016

EEAST Ambulance at Sunset

Several of our operational support teams have been praised this week after ensuring that the latest and last of the current vehicle roll out has gone to plan.

We have been running an ambitious two-year replacement programme to overhaul and improve the ambulance and rapid response vehicle (RRV) fleet, and 36 new ambulances are arriving at stations across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire this month.

This takes the fleet to 323 emergency ambulances across the region.

And at the end of July, 23 new rapid response vehicles will also be delivered around the region, all based on the Landrover Discovery Sport.

Paul Henry, Head of Operations Support, said he was “thrilled” to see the last ambulances arrive.

“To have an entire emergency ambulance fleet under five years old is a fantastic  achievement,” he added. “By investing in this modern and larger fleet of ambulances, we have been able to help increase ambulance availability with the latest medical equipment for our staff and patients. The newer fleet predictably has a low failure rate compared to the aged vehicles we replaced and provides the best patient environment available.

“A big thank you to the fleet team, our clinical engineers, IT and Logistics colleagues who have worked so hard to get these new vehicles out on the road. The work continues for the fleet team as we support Patient Transport Service (PTS) and the hazardous area response teams (HART) with new vehicles.”

Ambulances:

Watford x 5
West Herts station x 7
Potters Bar
Stevenage x 2
Letchworth x 2
Hertford x 2
Bishops Stortford
Royston
Cheshunt
Luton x 8
Kempston x 4
Biggleswade
Ampthill

Rapid response vehicles:

Chelmsford x 3
Loughton x 2
Harlow x 2
Ongar
Southend
Watford
Bishops Stortford
Letchworth
Luton x 2
Biggleswade
Cromer
Fakenham
Norwich Depot
Gorleston Depot
Newmarket

  • Summary:

    Several of our operational support teams have been praised this week after ensuring that the latest and last of the current vehicle rollout has gone to plan.