Yorkshire Ambulance Service is replacing its entire fleet of rapid response vehicles with the Skoda Kodiaq.
A total of 106 SUVs are being modified for the service that covers the full county – an area of nearly 6,000 square miles.
The NHS trust has used the Skoda Octavia Scout for the past six years as its rapid response vehicles, sending them to emergencies before a regular ambulance would be able to get there.
The models are being converted by Pressfab Evo for ‘blue-light’ duties, including 360-degree lighting, livery, bespoke storage and a full range of medical equipment.
Jeff Gott, head of fleet at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “The Kodiaq combines 4×4 capability, a smooth drive, reliability and a large interior for our clinical staff and life-saving equipment.
“The new fleet replaces our outgoing Skoda Octavia Scout models, which proved to be an incredible workhorse that could consistently meet the 24/7 demands of being on the road.
“The first consignment of converted Kodiaqs has been delivered and some of the vehicles have been put into service. We’ve had very positive initial feedback from the teams running them.”