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More Emergency Vehicles for Yorkshire

30 October 2007

30 October 2007

As part of its fleet expansion and replacement programme, Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is putting 120 new vehicles on the roads of Yorkshire.

The 120 vehicles are a mixture of frontline emergency (A&E) ambulances and Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV) with 58 being replacements and 22 new additions.  All 22 additional RRVs will be equipped with brand new state-of-the-art medical equipment.  There will be forty new emergency ambulances.  As part of its drive to meet its Call Connect targets (from April 2008) YAS is also recruiting additional staff for the new vehicles. 

Many of the new vehicles will be operational from new and modernised stand-by points around Yorkshire.  A stand-by point is a strategically placed location from where YAS resources can be dispatched to respond to patients as quickly as possible.

The new vehicles, which will start to be introduced on to the roads from Thursday (1 November 2007), will provide YAS with a more modern fleet that ensures greater reliability and patient comfort.  All the new RRVs, which are silver Vauxhall Zafiras, are highly visible and slightly larger than previous models of RRV.

Mick Farmer, Assistant Director said: "Replacing some of YAS's older vehicles with brand new ones helps us to serve our patients better with a more modern and reliable fleet."

All of the new vehicles will be on the road by the end of February 2008.  The new vehicles will be located throughout Yorkshire as follows:

North Yorkshire - 18
East Yorkshire - 25
West Yorkshire - 35
South Yorkshire - 42

YAS will be adding 108 Patient Transport Service vehicles and an additional four emergency ambulances to the roads by the end of March 2008. 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is now in its second year of operation. It was formed on 1 July 2006 when the three Yorkshire-based services merged. It operates 60 ambulance stations throughout the county, with the main headquarters in Wakefield. YAS serves a population of over 5 million people and covers an area of 6,000 square miles with varying terrain from coastal, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses.  

2. YAS was formed on 1 July 2006 through the merger of Tees, East and North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metropolitan and South Yorkshire Ambulance Services.

3. RRVs are used to ensure the fastest possible response to 999 calls.  RRV staff provide early medical intervention for emergency patients before they are transported to hospital by A&E ambulances.       

4. Eleven new ambulances were put on the roads of South Yorkshire earlier this year as part of YAS's fleet replacement programme.

5. Call Connect - currently the clock starts for measuring ambulance response times when 3 pieces of key information has been obtained (location, telephone number and chief complaint).  From 1 April 2008, the clock will start earlier - when the call is connected to the ambulance control room.  Ambulance trusts and PCTs will be assessed against this new standard from 2008/09 onwards.

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