May 27, 2013

Honda CR-V supports Scotland's first Charity Air Ambulance

Over the past four years the Honda CR-V's outstanding reliability, practicality and interior space has helped it build a solid reputation supporting the emergency services as a paramedic response vehicle. Now Honda is putting these strengths to good use by providing
Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) with a new CR-V as a land support vehicle. The CR-V accompanies a new air ambulance helicopter fully funded by SCAA and crewed and tasked by the Scottish Air Ambulance Service.

"We are hugely grateful to Honda (UK) for providing this proven workhorse to augment this charity helicopter air ambulance. It will be a lifeline for many in need and will strengthen the service that we provide to communities across Scotland," said Gavin Davey OBE, Chief Executive of Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

As well as air response, a land vehicle is required for use during adverse weather conditions and to attend incidents in the immediate vicinity where it would be quicker to respond by road. This is where the CR-V comes in! Its car-like dynamics and intelligent all-wheel drive system mean it can access the most remote locations quickly, while the torque and fuel-efficient 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engine makes it quick under 'blue light' conditions. The British built CR-V is already a popular choice for the Scottish Ambulance Service with over 100 models already on their fleet.

These two new emergency response transporters will operate alongside the two existing helicopters and fixed wing aircraft already on the Scottish Air Ambulance Service fleet. All the aircraft operate with paramedics on board and fly just over 3,500 missions every year.

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance was established in 2008 to save the lives of those in Scotland by supplementing the resources available to the Scottish Air Ambulance Service. They will be providing, free of charge to the Scottish Air Ambulance Service, one Bolkow 105 helicopter complete with pilot and paramedic crew. The cost is met through community fundraising across Scotland. The helicopter will be fully integrated in to the Scottish Air Ambulance Service and will be routed as part of the 999 Ambulance Control Centres.


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