Air Ambulance Takes To The Road
7:34am 17th October 2013
The air ambulance has a new rapid response vehicle to take-on emergencies in Dorset.
The charity it will allow them to get to incidents on the road when the helicopter is tied-up elsewhere.
Vital donations paid for the new car that's equipped with the same kit you'd see in an ambulance, oxygen, response bags, paediatric, burns and asthma kits, defibrillator and triage packs.
The rapid response vehicle was called out to 50 emergencies last year. It will replace an older model that served Dorset and Somerset's Air Ambulance for 7 years.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, "We have been planning the new purchase for about two years due to the age of our existing model. Providing continuity of our service is paramount and the RRV plays an important part in allowing us to do that by bringing additional resources and expertise to the scene of an incident. The previous RRV was needed approximately 50 times last year, mostly during the winter months but in some instances over the summer. The new vehicle has already been put to use and is proving a valuable, necessary asset to the Charity."