August 24, 2018
The Welsh Ambulance Trust is set to receive a £10 million investment which will allow them to replace some of their ageing fleet. The funding, which was approved by the Welsh Government, is to be spent on 100 new vehicles. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire are among the counties that will benefit from upgraded and more fuel-efficient ambulances as well as other patient transport and emergency response vehicles.
“The replacement of rapid response vehicles this year will give Welsh Ambulance 100 per cent 4×4 capacity across the whole of Wales, significantly improving response capability in inclement weather conditions.”
Funding to Modernise Fleet
The trust, which has over 700 vehicles on the roads, has been upgrading their fleet since 2011 and has already spent over £5 million. While they’re not increasing the number of vehicles, this additional funding will provide more modern ambulances that are easier to manoeuvre and meet the latest emission standards. All 4×4 rapid response vehicles are also set to be replaced which means the service will be running at full capacity.
Improving Patient Transport Experience
The Welsh Ambulance Service’s director of operations, Richard Lee, said the upgraded vehicles and equipment were vital. He commented: “Our ambulances and response cars in Wales are some of the most modern and well equipped in the UK and this funding will allow us to continue to replace our vehicles and crucially the clinical equipment that they carry as they reach the end of their working life. Modern ambulances and equipment are essential in order that we can continue to provide the best treatment and patient experience possible. ”
Regional fleet manager for the ambulance service, Rob Macintosh, added: “The replacement of rapid response vehicles this year will give Welsh Ambulance 100 per cent 4×4 capacity across the whole of Wales, significantly improving response capability in inclement weather conditions.The £10.23m funding announced by the Welsh Government will provide for the proposed replacement of 100 vehicles that have reached the end of their operational viability.”