A siren that can go to low volume when the handbrake is on is just one of the features of the 68 new Fast Response Vehicles being rolled out by EMAS in the coming weeks.
The first 68 will be introduced across all divisions as part of a fleet replacement programme. The new Skoda Scout FRV vehicles all have a standardised interior and equipment layout based on colleague feedback, and all have automatic gearboxes.
The new vehicles will have a range of new features including the following:
- Sirens that go to low volume when the handbrake is on
- A new keypad configuration with the option to put on the reversing camera to see behind the vehicle at busy junctions as there is no rear-view mirror
- A high specification of vehicle lighting and warning systems to improve visibility to other road users
Each FRV will also be supplied with a Mangar Elk lifting cushion and compressor. This will help prevent the need for an additional double crewed ambulance where possible.
EMAS said the new standardised layout has been carefully thought through and includes specific storage spaces for all equipment required by ambulance staff.