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.
Y91 LAN This is a Saab 95 estate. Its powerful turbo-charged engine makes it ideal for the Medical Rescue Team based at Oulton Park motor racing circuit. This car is fully road legal and had been driven to the event by the team.
Here is another view of the modified 95 estate provided by the rescue team (showing one of the paramedics). It has 270 bhp provided by an upgraded ecu chip. Upgraded brakes and suspension and touring car tyres keep it on the track, most of the time! The car was donated to Octagon Motorsport at Oulton Park by SAAB UK. The vehicle is due to be replaced with a newer 93 estate in 2003. The circuit also runs a Toyota donated in 1995. The purpose of the cars at OP is to get a definitive medical response to any incident within 1 min! The equipment range is vast, covering everything you would expect from an A+E based hospital response unit, even a portable anesthetic unit.
H425 WWX is a 1990 Landrover Defender being used by ‘Pennine Rescue’, a company that specialises in providing rescue ambulance cover for motorsport events.
The rear view. This vehicle has been donated by Transco and is ideally suited to crossing boggy fields or hills to get to where it is needed.
T727 TWX Another of Pennine Rescue’s vehicles is this green Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 312D rescue ambulance. This smart van has two light bars and repeater blue lights on the grille as well as an eye-catching battenburg livery.
The rear view. The company emphasises the ‘rescue’ side of their service rather than the ‘ambulance’ side. ‘Rescue’ is written on every side of the vehicle, between the blue lights on the roof bar and on the personnel’s clothing. The vehicles carry amongst other items fire fighting equipment and heavy cutting equipment, including the jaws of life, spreaders and saws.
R490 OCH This yellow Ford Transit is the primary turnout vehicle for the Mine Rescue Service in Selby. It is fitted with a roof mounted blue light bar and yellow stripes up the sides and across the front.
This is the view inside the back of the Transit. Ropes, breathing apparatus and first aid equipment are carried amongst other tools.
T926 JHE This Ford Galaxy is used for emergency personnel transportation. It is used when an incident demands additional trained personnel, but not additional rescue equipment. It is not unusual for this vehicle to travel hundreds of miles to assist other mine rescuers. The comfort level and speed far exceeds that of the Ford Transit.
The rear view of the Ford Galaxy. This £24,000 MPV is the V6 ghia model with the 2.8 litre petrol engine producing 174 break horsepower. The light bar is mounted on the roof rails to aid removal when selling the vehicle later. A 51-plate darker blue 2.3 litre Galaxy has also been purchased. It is undecided if this vehicle will be liveried-up or not (not pictured).
M326 XWF Another Ford Transit based at the Selby station. This is the Hi-Cube version (high roof line) because it is a personnel carrier. It has two sets of blue lights on the roof. It is quite unusual for an emergency vehicle of this height not to have additional blue repeater lights mounted next to the headlamps. The blue roof lights may not be seen when motorists look in their mirrors.
SN05 AHK This IRC rescue ambulance is based at Grangemouth, Scotland. It is an Iveco Daily with red and blue checker markings. It can accommodate up to eight people and carries medical equipment.
The rear view. Notice the blue light repeaters at the tops of the doors as the main light bar is at the front of the roof. As a sideline, this vehicle provides medical cover at Land Rover’s test course at Perth.
FJ05 EPP This Iveco Daily is operated by the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation. The organisation provides underground rescue support to police forces in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
The rear view of the vehicle showing the equipment storage area. The vehicle is based at DCRO’s main base to the rear of Buxton Fire Station.
S263 LUB, W807 FEC and L402 LNW Left to right are CRO3, CRO2 and CRO1. These three Land Rovers show the line-up of blue-light response vehicles at the CRO’s Clapham base in January 2006. The organisation assists with cave rescues, mountain rescues, search and rescues and other similar tasks. They are called out by the police or ambulance service.
A closer look at the front of the Land Rover CRO2. Large bold wording is used on the front grille, roofrack and sides to show the use of the vehicle. A full blue light bar and alternately flashing headlights indicate when the vehicle is being used to respond to an emergency. These are complemented by a blue rotating beacon on the rear.
The rear view. The red ramps on the roofrack are for placing under the wheels on difficult terrain. However, the Land Rover can already cope very well with almost any obstacle to get equipment and people to a remote location.