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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance unveil new rapid response vehicle
A NEW rapid response car will be helping Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in emergencies.
The Skoda Octavia Scout was bought to replace an older model which has served the charity for the past seven years. The new car will be able to get to emergencies when elements restrict the helicopter from flying.
It is equipped with everything paramedics will need in an emergency including: oxygen, response bags, burns and asthma kits, a defibrillator, major incident packs, and traction splints.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance chief executive officer Bill Sivewright said: “We have been planning the new purchase for about two years due to the age of our existing model. “Providing continuity of our service is paramount and the rapid response vehicle plays an important part in allowing us to do that by bringing additional resources and expertise to the scene of an incident. “The previous car was needed approximately 50 times last year, mostly during the winter months but in some instances over the summer. “The new vehicle has already been put to use and is proving a valuable, necessary asset to the charity.”
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