New NEAS ambulance first of its kind in GB
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its our latest vehicle!
NEAS has bought 16 of the new model from Germany -
which will be gradually phased in to replace the existing
The main changes are a rear roof spoiler which improves
aero-dynamics, along with a sleek curved glass frontage.
The new design incorporates the front facing blue lights built
into the cowling above the drivers cab and also has fairings to
deflect air flow around the side of the ambulance body. The rear
blue lights have also been re-designed to improve air-flow behind
Geoff Craik, Head of Fleet Services said: "These are the first
vehicles of this type in the UK and the new design has been agreed
with our current supplier Wietmarscher Ambulance to help reduce
drag and improve the aero dynamics of the vehicle.
"The new design is certainly eye-catching and these small
improvements all help towards reducing our fuel bill and CO2
output. Even if it's a relatively small percentage of fuel saved on
each vehicle, multiply that across a full fleet and it soon adds
"We will be closely monitoring the fuel consumption of these
vehicles to see what the impact of these changes have made"
The NEAS fleet consists of A&E ambulances, Rapid Response
cars, specialist Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles, and Patient
Transport Service ambulances.
Each year, the fleet clock up an astonishing 10 million miles
covering the North East of England!