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Skoda Kodiaq joins air ambulance fleet

Date: 28 September 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A new Skoda Kodiaq has joined the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity fleet.

It will be one of the cars used by the charity's critical care responders to get to incidents when conditions prevent its helicopter from flying, or when the location of the patient is easier to access by road.

The SUV, specced with four-wheel drive, has been converted to meet the charity's needs, with the boot fully redesigned to house lifesaving equipment such as oxygen tanks and ventilators.

The car's infotainment system has also been moved to accommodate a 999-response screen.

A bespoke air ambulance livery and lighting system have also been fitted.

Conversion work was carried out by Skoda's approved converter Halls Electrical. 

Two further Skoda models are set to join the fleet next year.

The charity's air operations officer John Wood said: "Having reliable, appropriate and fully equipped cars are essential for us to reach and treat patients in the most effective way. 

"The new Skoda vehicles will enable our team to negotiate tougher terrain and drive safely in challenging weather conditions to reach patients quickly and safely, particularly in rural areas."