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Skoda Kodiaq becomes remote emergency responder

A specially converted Skoda Kodiaq SUV is the latest vehicle to join Great Western Air Ambulance Charity fleet.

Critical care responders will now be able to reach the most remote emergency 999 calls by car across the region which covers Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, North East Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Residents already benefit from the charity’s Helimed 65 helicopter which responds to the most serious incidents. Now with the Kodiaq 4×4, the critical care team has a vehicle capable of reaching an emergency when it’s unsuitable for a helicopter to fly or when the location of the patient is easier to access by road.

The Kodiaq underwent a bespoke conversation to meet Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s individual needs. Its 720-litre boot capacity has been fully redesigned to effectively house all of the life-saving equipment such as oxygen tanks and ventilators.

The vehicle’s infotainment system has also been moved to allow for a 999-response screen to be installed, providing the on-board crew with details of each emergency and the quickest route to the scene.

Exterior finishing touches to the vehicle, all provided by Skoda’s approved convertor Halls Electrical Ltd, include a bespoke air ambulance livery and lighting system so that the vehicle is clearly identifiable.

“Having reliable, appropriate and fully equipped cars are essential for us to reach and treat patients in the most effective way,” said John Wood, Air Operations Officer at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

“The new ŠKODA vehicles will enable our team to negotiate tougher terrain and drive safely in challenging weather conditions to reach patients quickly and safely, particularly in rural areas.”

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