WEST Midlands Ambulance Service has been given a boost when it comes to dealing with emergencies in rural locations that may be difficult to reach.
It has taken delivery of 16 new 4x4 ambulances which have been specially designed to deal with difficult situations where weather and muddy-off road conditions would prevent other vehicles from gaining access.
The service currently has one of the most modern fleets of any others in the country, with over 300 ambulances and 200 rapid response vehicles. The plan is for one of the 4x4 vehicles to be based at each ambulance hub around the region. Each vehicle, which is a Mercedes Sprinter, costs £140,000, whereas a normal two wheel drive ambulance costs £100,000.
Support services director Craig Cooke said: “The new vehicles will mean that for the first time we will have a full size ambulance with 4x4 capabilities.
“This investment in new vehicles will help us provide high quality clinical services to people who suffer serious injuries or medical conditions when they are out and about on uneven and difficult access terrain.”