New HART vehicles

New HART vehicles have arrived!

Over the weekend, new Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) vehicles will be making their first journeys around the region, as they go on line from the Melbourn HART base.   

These new state-of-the-art vehicles will be able to help provide a more responsive and flexible HART capability, both in the region and as part of the National Ambulance response capability.

They will be going to help patients, colleagues and multi agency partners deal with a variety of incidents and will be able to get to incidents in all weathers.  They will carry the familiar HART equipment along with some new additions to assist the HART delivery.  The new fleet has been designed following feedback from teams around the country and has been a major project which has been running for the last two years.   The new vehicles are easily identifiable, easier to drive and a little smaller than some of the current HART fleet which is now more than seven years old.

The new fleet will come with significant advances in staff welfare, reliability and capability.  This will benefit patients and staff alike.  Over the weekend we will see the change to the new generation of fleet which ensures that HART within EEAST is ready and equipped to continue to respond to incidents across the region and beyond, and support staff at those incidents.  We hope to be able to modernise the fleet at the Great Notley HART base next year in line with the national replacement project. 

A number of people have been involved with the introduction of the fleet, and particular thanks must go to Mick Lovelady and the team at Barton Mills workshops for their support.

Published 23rd June 2017

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