New transport for Devon's specialist paramedics
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Highly trained Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics in the South West have become the first in England to take delivery of new-generation incident response units that enable them to reach emergency scenes at difficult-to-access, off-road locations more quickly and efficiently.
The purpose-designed transporters which carry 6x6 Ranger Polaris all-terrain vehicles are the product of a new partnership between leading ambulance specialist WAS UK and the Bevan Group.
The transporters are based on 7.5-tonne DAF LF chassis. Each is fitted with a box body and integral, split beavertail ramp, which allows for rapid deployment of the ATV.
The Polaris is capable of carrying a driver, up to two more paramedics and a patient on a stretcher. The transporter’s design – a 2.0-tonne winch is also fitted – allows the ATV to be safely loaded and unloaded. The ATV is firmly secured during transportation by front wheel retainers and ratchet straps that anchor the back axle to the floor.