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Trust fleet achieves further recognition

10 May 2016

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has been shortlisted as finalists at this year’s Motor Trade Awards.

SECAmb has been named a finalist in the Technical Excellence Award category for the steps it has taken in relation to its Driver Safety System and the design of its newly- delivered Ferno concept ‘connected ambulance’, which will be tested in the Chertsey area.

The news is further recognition for the Trust’s Fleet and Logistics department which has already celebrated awards success this year, most recently coming top in three categories at the Fleet News Awards.

SECAmb’s driver safety programme has been developed with new technology linking a telematics system and CCTV to give an overall perspective to the challenges faced by staff when responding to patients.

The updated driver training programme has also seen the introduction of 10 dedicated driver training vehicles – five vans and five cars. The vehicles have been specially converted and fitted with hi-tech equipment and driver safety technology to enable trainers to reconstruct critical incidents and feed live data directly into the Trust’s fleet management system.

A dynamic speed controller has also been fitted to vehicles restricting speed and managing the acceleration profile during normal driving, being derestricted as soon as blue lights are activated. This technology has contributed to approximately 13% savings on fuel equating to £800,000 a year. Overall the programme has also contributed to a drop in the number of critical vehicle failures.

The Trust’s connected ambulance features include a state-of-the-art automatic stretcher which eliminates the need for a heavy tail lift – another feature expected to deliver significant fuel savings compared to a traditional box ambulance.

SECAmb’s Head of Fleet Justin Wand said: “These programmes support crew and patient safety, improve ergonomics and layout and enhance patient experience. The programmes also have the potential to deliver significant financial efficiencies and operational benefits. I’m extremely proud of the efforts of everyone in the Fleet and Logistics team. This further recognition demonstrates how far we have come in recent years to provide an effective support mechanism for both our frontline operations and of course our patients.”

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