The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) add twelve brand new ŠKODA Kodiaq cars to their Clinical Care Management team, helping to provide emergency help and care to those who need it across the region.
The Clinical Care Management team are the first line management who attend major incidents and senior road traffic accidents. Using the JESIP five principles, the Clinical Care Manager when arriving at a major scene, will co-ordinate with other operational commanders as soon as possible to identify priorities, resources and capabilities for an effective response.
Pictured left to right: Paul Smith (NEAS Clinical Care Manager), Simon Rayner (Pulman ŠKODA Business Development Manager), David Parkin (NEAS Fleet Operations Manager)
Paul Smith (Clinical Care Manager for NEAS, pictured) comments: “Being able to easily identify the vehicle when on the roads or at a scene was one of the main factors to the new design. The cars used previously were predominately white, as you can see the signage on the new cars are much more vibrant and noticeable. Reflector stickers cover the majority of the car and the Kodiaq being an SUV sits higher on the roads.”
Photos showing featured conversions, reflector lights, LED lights and converted boot.
LED lights have been fitted around the front, top, sides and even on the number plate at the back, again for that maximum visibility externally. LED lights are also on the inside all designed to help with speed and efficiency when using the car at the scene.
The boot has been moved forward so that all members of staff can easily reach in and take the equipment needed quickly. A specially designed compartment was also installed. With non-stick material used for the top to utilise this space without anything sliding. However, a non-stick surface was used for the compartment’s underneath, to ensure that equipment bags can be easily lifted and slide out. This level of detail continues throughout the Kodiaq to ensure a fast and efficient approach at any incident. All the conversion was completed by O&H Vehicles Conversions.
David Parkin (Fleet Operations Manager for NEAS, pictured), also comments: “Before choosing the ŠKODA Kodiaq we tested it vigorously at our driving school. Testing the handling, power, blue lights and functionality. These cars will be used 24/7 and will likely be doing up to 50k miles every 12 months so it’s important we tested them beforehand. These new cars will be a great addition to our fleet.“
The newly converted ŠKODA Kodiaqs were provided by local ŠKODA retailer Pulman ŠKODA, a family run business based in County Durham. Simon Rayner (Pulman ŠKODA Business Development Manager, pictured) comments: “We are proud to be supplying the North East Ambulance Service and the Clinical Care Management team their new cars. When seeing the newly converted Kodiaqs I was astounded at the level of detail in the design, to ensure maximum efficiency for the service providers at the scene of an accident. What they do is truly amazing.”
To find out more and to book your test drive in the all-new SKODA Kodiaq, click here or visit our showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP.