Donation buys new ambulance

The new 4x4 ambulance at Buxton Ambulance Station
The new 4x4 ambulance at Buxton Ambulance Station

A new specialist ambulance, with 4x4 capability to reach patients in remote rural locations, is now operating in Derbyshire.

The Amarok ambulance, based at Buxton Ambulance Station, is designed to help paramedics get to patients in hard to reach places in the countryside where a 4x4 is vital.

Steve Farnsworth, head of Fleet Services at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), said: “The vehicle was designed by car maker Volkswagen and has been purchased from monies donated to EMAS by former Derbyshire resident Dennis Hall.

“He sadly passed away but left a significant amount of money in his will. It was a generous donation for which we are very grateful.”

He added: “We can safely say this is a ‘one-off’ vehicle which will be especially useful in the challenging terrain and increasingly changeable weather conditions we often see in Derbyshire.

“It’s fully equipped and can easily get to places that normal ambulances would perhaps struggle to get to.

“It’s certainly going to be a real boost to our fleet, staff and patients who may travel in it.”

The vehicle will be based in north Derbyshire, but will be available for use across the whole of the East Midlands if needed.