All you need to know about our amazing Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs)

Name:

Norwich and Cambridge RRV

Occupation:

Rapid response vehicle.

Carrying the same equipment as our helicopters, giving our crews alternative ways of getting to patients efficiently and safely.

Model:

Land Rover Discovery Sport; up to 180 horse power, diesel with an automatic gear box.

Special feature:

Automatic release charging plug.

The RRVs have an electrical charging plug, used to charge the medical equipment, which automatically releases when the engine is turned on, creating an even quicker and safer start for the critical care team when driving to a mission.

Key requirements:

  • Wide boot space for all clinical equipment
  • Four wheel drive and good ground clearance for coping with speed bumps, kerbs, off-road terrain and low grip access
  • High seating position for good visibility
  • Good performance, ride and handling
  • An all over high performing and reliable vehicle

Extras:

The emergency care provided by EAAA’s team of doctors and critical care paramedics can be life-saving, so getting to a mission in the fastest and safest way possible is crucial. After a rigorous assessment process to evaluate the contenders against the criteria, EAAA found the Land Rover Discovery Sport to be the best fit for the very specialised job it has to do.

The high-visibility yellow and red livery replicates the livery on our two Airbus H145 helicopters. EAAA’s rapid response vehicles were brought into service in June 2017 and have proved effective with high approval ratings from the HEMS crew.

“The current RRVs are incredible! The new features such as the charging point automatically releasing makes for an efficient exit when we receive a mission. They’re fit for purpose and have everything we need included.”  –CCP Rod Wells

The purchase of the Cambridge vehicle was made possible by a generous donation from the Alborada Trust. Further funds for the provision of the RRVs were kindly donated by The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust, and other generous trusts.