New Greener Ambulances Designed Jointly With Staff

West Midlands Ambulance Service has awarded a multi-million pound contract to O&H Vehicle Conversions to supply the Trust with over 200 of the most technically advanced and efficient ambulances ever.

After a competitive tender process, bosses awarded the £21m contract to supply 220 double-crewed, front line ambulances over the next four years. West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the few ambulance trusts to rigidly follow a five year front line fleet replacement policy. Fleet Services General Manager, Tony Page, said:

“Along with our staff, our emergency vehicles are our most important assets.  The five year replacement policy means our staff are able to respond in a modern, good quality ambulance fleet that is reliable and efficient and as comfortable as possible for patients.

“We have been working with our staff and O&H to come up with an innovative design that will mean better working conditions for staff which will translate into it being easier to provide good quality care to patients in their hour of need.

“As well as looking at the layout of the vehicles, the ideas that O&H put into their tender were first rate. Weight saving means that they will be easier to drive, more fuel efficient, cut CO2 emissions and suffer less wear and tear, which ultimately saves money that can be reinvested in recruiting more paramedics, which can only be a good thing for patients."

Commenting on the deal, O&H Vehicle Conversions sales and marketing director Lee Bott said: “We look forward to supporting West Midlands Ambulance Service’s strategic objectives with a best-in-class fleet founded on engineering innovation and manufacturing excellence.”

WMAS covers an area of 5,000 square mile, with a population of 5.5 million. It was the only English ambulance trust to exceed every performance metric in 2015-16.


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