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RAF Mountain Rescue
Land Rover Defender
A rather scenic view of a Lake District Fell with a RAF Mountain Rescue Land Rover. The versatility of this vehicle is perfect for the terrain the rescuers cover.
Combined personnel from Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT) and Rossendale Search and Rescue Team (RSRT) carry a ‘casualty’ to two Land Rover 110s. The BPMRT Land Rover (One Zero) is fitted with homemade detachable cages for all the equipment. They can easily be removed and put into another vehicle enabling a stretcher to be carried.
There is one noticeable difference between RSRT’s vehicle (on the left) and BPMRT’s (on the right) – the grille-mounted blue lights. BPMRT are now fitting these to all their vehicles to aid safe passage when using ‘blues and twos’. It was found that because the Land Rover is higher than most vehicles, when it was close behind a car the car driver was only able to see the grille and was unaware that it was an emergency vehicle. The grilles will also be painted fluorescent yellow.
In this action shot, a Pennine Rescue motorsport ambulance is at the scene of a grass racing car that has rolled during a race. The medics and marshals arrive at the scene just after the car stopped rolling. They quickly deployed fire extinguishers and carefully helped the driver exit the vehicle.
RE05 CUE With a personalised registration almost reading ‘RESCUE’ this red Iveco Daily, belonging to Serpent Motorsport Medical Services, is used for cover at motorsport events. It has a 3.0 litre 166 bhp diesel engine with heavy duty suspension and differential lock.
The rear view of the specially-ordered Iveco.
FTN 184W This green Land Rover Series 3 Stageone V8 is the primary firefighting vehicle for Croft Motor Racing Circuit (near Darlington, County Durham). It carries Croft’s corporate livery and has two blue rotating beacons on the roof alongside an amber flashing beacon. Inset: the rear view.
ICZ 8654 Here are two views of a Ford Transit ambulance rally rescue unit used by Lace Rescue. It has a Northern Irish registration and bi-lingual ‘ambulance’ wording (ambiwlans in Welsh).
The view into the offside door. The vehicle has two side-loading doors. One gives normal access to the back of the vehicle, the other access to a partitioned off area in which the rescue kit is kept (shown). The rescue kit includes heavy rescue equipment, a telescopic power ram and a powered saw.
The view into the rear of the rescue unit / ambulance showing the patient care area.
K999 PRS This Iveco Daily motorsport rescue ambulance is operated by Phoenix Rescue Services Ltd. The vehicle is very smart with eye-catching livery and additional white and blue flashing lights. It matches its immaculately turned out crew.
The rear view of the vehicle. Notice the row of four repeater blue flashing lights at the rear. All funds raised from donations are fed back into the company to cover running costs and equipment purchases.
R999 RTW This is a 2003 Nissan Nevara fast intervention vehicle (FIV) operated by Rescue-tech-Wales. The RACMSA introduced this new class of rescue vehicle in 2000 to get essential equipment to an accident scene while slower and more comprehensively equipped vehicles make their way there. They are not used for patient transportation.
The rear view of the same Nissan. The car has upgraded suspension and its engine has been modified to 181 bhp from the 2.5 tdi unit. The private registration relates to the company that runs the unit, Rescue-tech-Wales, hence ‘999’ and ‘RTW’.
A rear view of a Vauxhall Vectra estate ambulance belonging to Ambulance Direct (Yorkshire). Note the non-standard livery and one red lightbar. The additional red light bar is a stroboscopic warning system for use on race tracks where red is the recognised danger signal, the lens can however can be converted to blue for other deployments.
R570 FWU This is a V8 LDV 400 Convoy ambulance rescue unit from the British Racing and Sports Car Club. It is refreshing to see a non-state ambulance decked out in interesting markings, and no battenburgs in sight! It carries both medical and extraction equipment set by the Motor Sport Association.
The front view, showing the light arrangement, livery and some of the crew! They are unpaid volunteers who undertake regular assessments and training carried out by fire service and paramedic instructors.