New £1.8m fleet of ambulances hit the roads

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A FLEET of 14 new ambulances worth £1.8 million and 10 fast response vehicles worth £32,000 each have now taken to the roads in Derbyshire.

Mark Hill, a paramedic who has worked for East Midlands Ambulance Service for eight years, said: “It’s taken three years of listening to staff, trialling and tweaking to get these ambulances right and I’m proud of them.

“Every detail is about helping crews do their job more easily. There is a place for everything and crucially all vehicles are laid out in the same way.

“In life-threatening situations you want to know you can put your hand on the right equipment without even thinking about it.”

Tim Slater, East Midlands Ambulance Service’s assistant director of operations for Derbyshire, said: “These vehicles have been designed based on insight from local crews.”