The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has added 12 new Kodiaqs to its emergency service fleet. The SUVs will be in use 24/7 by its clinical care management team, who are responsible for more than 2.71 million people across the region.
The clinical care team’s role is to co-ordinate with operational commanders to deliver an effective, immediate response when arriving at a major incident.
The Kodiaq has been modified by ŠKODA UK to suit the NEAS’s needs. LED lights have been fitted around the front, top, sides and even on the number plate at the back of the large SUV, for maximum visibility. Whereas the addition of LED lights on the inside help the team access equipment quickly and safely when attending an accident at night.
The 2,005-litre capacity boot space (with the rear seats down), of the large seven seat SUV has also been modified with a specially-designed compartment for life-saving gear.
David Parkin, Fleet Operations Manager for NEAS, said: “These cars will be used 24/7 and will be doing up to 50,000 miles every 12 months, so it was really important that we tested them beforehand.”
ŠKODA has introduced a ‘one-stop’ shop package for emergency services fleets, which allows vehicles to be Outright Purchased or financed through Volkswagen Financial Services. Fleet managers now have the additional option of contract hire for added flexibility and value-for money or they can opt for a cost-effective leasing package.
Alongside hassle-free finance solutions, ŠKODA fleet can provide the vehicles fully converted to suit specific requirements, and fleet managers have the peace of mind that the conversion, breakdown recovery, service, maintenance and repair requirements are built into one package.
SOURCE: Škoda Auto