Simon Corbell has announced four new meatwagons hitting the ACT’s roads:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today handed over the keys to four new ambulance vehicles for the ACT Ambulance Service, worth a total of $1 million.
“Funded in the 2012/13 budget at $250,000 each, two of the vehicles will support the increase in front line crewing of our ambulance service from nine to 10 crews on a 24/7 basis that started in April this year.” Mr Corbell said.
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“The other two vehicles will replace existing emergency ambulances that are nearing, or have reached, the end of their useable life on the front line.”
A new type of attendant seat has been incorporated in the rear patient compartment of the vehicles, which can swivel 180 degrees on a recessed floor track. Known as ‘Douglas Tracking’, the system is commonly found on aircraft and will give intensive care paramedics better access to patients when providing treatment en-route to hospital.
Other new features include environmentally friendly, lightweight, rechargeable torches, and improved restraint of portable emergency radios in the front cabin.
Changes have also been made to storage cabinets to accommodate a range of therapeutic equipment and pharmacy products.
The vehicles were built by Varley Specialist Vehicles in Brisbane and are based on the Mercedes Benz 319 chassis, which comply with Euro 5 Emissions Standards (acceptable limits for exhaust emissions).
“The new vehicles feature the latest in driver and passenger safety technology including traction control, electronic brake distribution, brake assist and driver and passenger airbags,” Mr Corbell said.
This brings the total fleet to 24.
[Photo Courtesy Simon Corbell’s office]