Swanky new fleet ambulances arrive

AMBULANCE bosses have taken delivery of the first of a 20-strong fleet of state-of-the-art emergency vehicles.The ambulances, which are among the first in the country to be fitted with a hydraulic tail-lift that raises a stretcher from ground level to the vehicle floor, are in operation in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

AMBULANCE bosses have taken delivery of the first of a 20-strong fleet of state-of-the-art emergency vehicles.

The ambulances, which are among the first in the country to be fitted with a hydraulic tail-lift that raises a stretcher from ground level to the vehicle floor, are in operation in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Other vehicles in the fleet are expected to go into service in Stowmarket, Haverhill and Newmarket in the next two months.

The £77,000 vehicles, which cut out the lifting process that contributes to back injuries among paramedics, are being leased by the East Anglian Ambulance Trust.

Each of the 20 ambulances will contain new equipment costing more than £15,000 and a further 10 vehicles are expected to go into service in December.

Paul Henry, the trust's assistant director of operations, said the new ambulances had been designed to provide the safest vehicle possible for patients and staff.