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 year.

The 500-strong NEAS fleet clocks up an astonishing 10 million miles every YEAR - with vehicles replaced roughly every seven years.

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.


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