New vehicles arrive for winter
Bigger engines - can be used for Bariatric patients
Seventeen brand new double crewed ambulances (DCA) have been
added to the NEAS fleet in time for the most gruelling months of
The 500-strong NEAS fleet clocks up an astonishing 10 million
miles every YEAR - with vehicles replaced roughly every seven
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."
The new DCAs contain the larger 3.0V6 engines which are
much more reliable and durable than the current 2.0 engines.
They also provide additional power and
torque, making them easier to drive.
The vehicles are 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.