Skoda Octavia Estate chosen for South East Ambulance rapid response fleet
Skoda has been tasked with delivering up to 55 new Octavia Estates to the South East Ambulance Service (SECAmb).
The Octavia 2.0 TDI 4x4 Estate SEs will be used as part of SECAmb’s front-line rapid response fleet, covering an area of 3,600 square miles and responding to more than 800,000 life-threatening incidents every year.
The first 35 vehicles have already arrived on SECAmb’s fleet, with the remaining 20 due late July.
The Octavia was chosen for its huge boot (up to 1740 litres), attractive running costs (61.mpg, 120g/km CO2), ability to hold standard clinical kit and sophisticated diagnostic equipment, and reliably during inclement weather.
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Justin Wand, SECAmb’s Head of Fleet Operations [pictured], said the Skoda Octavia was viewed as “the perfect match” with its high spec, efficiency and great value for money.
“It was really important to recognise the versatility we required from a vehicle fulfilling the front-line rapid response role,” he explained.
“Our patients need the reassurance that we are able to get to them in their hour of need and our staff deserve to operate in a comfortable space, with all the kit they need to be clinically effective.”
SECAmb Driving Standards Manager, Simon Macartney, added: “Space, good tech, value and above all 4x4 capability were the essentials for our rapid response vehicles.
“The Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4 fulfilled all of these requirements and more, but it was our relationship with Skoda and the excellent package they offered us helped to seal the deal.”