NSW to get 80 new off-road ambulances

Grain Central, June 16, 2023

NSW Ambulance has 80 new 4WD units to bolster its ability to access and assist patients in off-road locations. Photo: NSW Government

THE NEW South Wales Government is rolling out 80 new four-wheel drive ambulances across the state to enable paramedics to better access patients in challenging terrain, NSW Minister for Health Ryan Park announced on Wednesday.

The purpose-built 4WD ambulance vehicles are used to access patients in situations where standard ambulances would not be able to, particularly in regional and remote areas.

The vehicles give paramedics greater ability to reach patients in the bush, on sand, and through water, mud, and snow.

This enables paramedics to provide lifesaving treatment and stabilisation, while organising a suitable method of moving the patient.

The new Toyota Landcruiser 200 series was modified to a three-seater to allow for the inclusion of a stretcher and medical equipment.

The 4WDs will not be used in place of standard patient transport ambulances, but will complement the standard stretchered ambulance fleet.

In some cases, the vehicles will also be used to retrieve the patient and deliver them to standard stretchered ambulance for further transport.

If paramedics identify that a location cannot be reached due to road conditions or difficult terrain, they can advise the Control Centre and a specialist resource such as these 4WDs can be deployed from nearby ambulance stations.

“I want our paramedics and first responders to have the most modern and up to date equipment, to help them deliver the highest-quality care,” Mr Park said.

“This announcement means that our paramedics will be better placed to reach patients in the most challenging and harshest of environments.”

“These special purpose built ambulances will enhance health care in our regional and rural communities.”

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NSW Ambulance chief executive Dominic Morgan welcomed the additions to the fleet.

“The new Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series vehicles replace an aging fleet of Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carriers, which were sturdy work horses but no longer fit for purpose,” Dr Morgan said.

“These new vehicles will make it easier and safer for our paramedics to continue carrying out difficult rescue missions while delivering the best possible pre-hospital care.”

NSW Farmers health spokesperson Sarah Thompson said the specially-modified Toyota Landcruiser 200 series ambulances  would give paramedics greater ability to reach patients in difficult terrain throughout regional and remote areas.

“The people who grow our food and fibre and keep our regional communities moving often work in hard-to-reach places,” Mrs Thompson said.

“It’s comforting to know that if something goes wrong, help will be able to get to you.

“This is a commonsense move, replacing the old Troop Carrier ambulances with their modern equivalents.”

Source: NSW Government, NSW Farmers



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