Jeff Hurst, Chief of Fire and Safety (left) hands the keys of the new ambulance to Terry Page, Port Fire Officer (2nd from right), watched by Firefighters Fraser Farthing, Jason and Kevin Landles.
18th August 2004
The Port of Felixstowe’s Safety and Emergency Services Division has just taken delivery of a new ambulance. In addition to providing a potentially lifesaving service at the UK’s busiest container port, the Port’s ambulances provide important back-up to the East Anglian Ambulance Service, dealing with numerous other emergency calls in and around Felixstowe.
Although entirely privately funded, the Port’s ambulances have responded to two hundred and thirty calls outside the Port so far this year. The Port employs sixteen full-time Firefighter/Ambulancemen. They are all trained to County emergency standards in both firefighting and ambulance technician/paramedic skills.
To ensure that continuous ambulance cover within the Port is maintained, the Service has two front line ambulances, each fully equipped to NHS standards.
The latest delivery is based on a Mercedes Sprinter diesel chassis fitted with an up-to-date patient saloon, designed by UV Modular of Brighouse, West Yorkshire. The vehicle complies with the latest European Standards in terms of patient and crew safety. It also comes equipped with a new hydraulic stretcher trolley, patient/stretcher lift, and the latest Zoll ECG/defibrillator, which can send messages on a patient’s condition by telemetry direct to the Cardiac Unit in Ipswich Hospital. Painted sulphur yellow, with the now familiar green and yellow reflective 'Battenberg' design on each side, the vehicle will be highly visible to other road users.
Jeff Hurst, Chief of Fire and Safety for the Port, commented:
“The Port has had its own Fire Ambulance Service since 1959 and we are all very proud of it, and the specialists who work in it. This latest ambulance will allow us to continue to give emergency care second to none to anyone who works within the Port. It will also help us to continue to back up East Anglian Ambulance Service locally.”
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and one of the leading ports in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 17 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates in a total of 35 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.