East Anglian Air Ambulance's rapid response vehicles (RRVs) are named after their call signs; NMED85 (Norwich Rapid Response Vehicle) and CMED88 (Cambridge Rapid Response Vehicle). Both cars, which are Land Rover Discovery Sports, have up to 180 horse power and carry the same equipment as our helicopters. The RRVs give our crews an alternative way of getting to patients in the quickest time possible.
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.
Take a quick tour of NMED85 with Critical Care Paramedic Chris Neil during a night shift:
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. The cars also have;
- 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
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.
“The current RRVs are perfect for the job we do. The new features, such as the charging point automatically releasing, makes for an efficient exit when we are tasked on a mission. They’re fit for purpose and have everything we need included.”
Critical Care Paramedic, EAAA