Scottish Ambulance Service deploys new ambulances
Scottish Ambulance Service has nearly finished the roll-out of more than 150 new Mercedes-Benz ambulances.
Supplied by Caledonian Truck & Van, the latest vehicles are all 5.0-tonne Sprinter 519 CDIs with 190hp six-cylinder engines, with the vast majority serving as front-line accident and emergency ambulances.
The order also includes seven primary and secondary response units, four of them all-wheel drive variants with extra ground clearance, and three specialist vehicles for dealing with contamination incidents. The authority will also shortly take delivery of three paediatric ambulances, commissioned specifically for carrying injured and ill children.
Caledonian Truck & Van’s account manager Vyga Mikuckis said the company’s team had worked very closely with Scottish Ambulance Service on understanding exactly what they need to ensure their vehicles are as effective as possible in emergency situations.
“The most important thing is that these vehicles have to save people’s lives, so it’s a very complex process to spec such a specialist vehicle.
“Reliability is absolutely key and the quality of Mercedes-Benz engineering and technology ensures that, while we also provide 24-seven technical support from our bases around Scotland.”