O&H Vehicle Conversions to Supply 220 Emergency Vehicles to West Midland Ambulance Service
09 June 2016
We are very pleased to finally be able to announce that O&H have been selected to provide 220 Ambulances to West Midlands over the next four years.
Following a competitive tender West Midlands Ambulance Service (‘WMAS’) has awarded a £21 million contract to O&H Vehicle Conversions (‘O&H’) “to supply the Trust with over 200 of the most technically advanced and efficient ambulances to date”, according to WMAS.
O&H will supply WMAS with 220 double-crewed, front line ambulances over the next four years. WMAS is one of the few ambulance trusts to rigidly follow a five year front line fleet replacement policy.
When asked about the tender win, Tony Page – WMAS Fleet Services General Manager said, “O&H scored well in the tender process. The vehicle layout and engineering ideas they included were first rate and the steps they have taken to reduce vehicle weight are first class.” He added, “Along with our staff, our emergency vehicles are our most important asset. The five year replacement policy means that staff can respond using a modern, good quality ambulance fleet that is reliable and efficient.”
“We have been working with our staff and O&H to come up with an innovative design that will mean better working conditions, and that will make it easier to provide good quality, comfortable care to patients in their hour of need.
“Our ambulances will be easier to drive and more fuel efficient, with lower CO2 emissions and less wear and tear; we are also looking at the introduction of lithium ion battery technology and solar panels. This all ultimately saves money that can be reinvested in recruiting more paramedics, which can only be a good thing for patients”, Tony Page concluded.
WMAS covers an area of 5,000 square miles, with a population of 5.5 million, and was the only English ambulance trust to exceed every performance metric in 2015-16.
Commenting on the 220-ambulance award from WMAS, O&H Vehicle Conversions Sales and Marketing Director Lee Bott said: “We look forward to supporting West Midlands Ambulance Service’s strategic objectives with a best-in-class fleet founded on engineering innovation and manufacturing excellence.”