M6toll helps Midlands Air Ambulance Charity to invest in rapid response vehicles

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has recently unveiled three new rapid response vehicles to support the lifesaving organisation’s operations across the region.

As the charity covers the largest air ambulance operating area in England, it is imperative the expert aircrew can rely on the very best vehicles to swiftly reach, and subsequently treat those in critical need of pre-hospital care. 

With assistance from its corporate partners, M6toll, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity took delivery of a fleet of three BMW X5 rapid response vehicles (RRVs) to complement their air operations. The three authority specification BMW X5 vehicles are situated at the organisation’s three airbases: RAF Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill airfield in Staffordshire, and Strensham Services on the M5 in Worcestershire. Already in action, the new cars are deployed if a helicopter is grounded, for example during the hours of darkness or during a period of bad weather. 

On average five per cent of the incidents that Midlands Air Ambulance attend are via the RRVs, enabling the aircrew to continue to offer early medical intervention and save lives when the charity’s aircraft is not an option. 

Becky Steele, air operations manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said, “The X5 is a tried and tested rapid response vehicle for the emergency services. Its large interior is perfect for a bespoke medical equipment fit out, while the model’s advanced capability means it is a reliable asset, ensuring our clinicians are able to tend to incidents swiftly and safely.” 

To take full advantage of the space and maximise clinician’s time efficiency at an incident, a great deal of research has gone into the medical fit-out of the BMWs, with help from the charity’s health partner, West Midlands Ambulance Service. Duplicating the medical kit on Midlands Air Ambulance’s helicopters, the charity’s new BMWs are ready for action at a moment’s notice. Each RRV carries a range of kit including: two response bags, a Zoll cardiac monitor, suction and ventilation equipment, leg splints, oxygen, burns packs, scene lighting and a safe for storing drugs in transit. 

James Hodson, director of operations for Midland Expressway (operators of the M6toll) added, “M6toll has proudly supported Midlands Air Ambulance Charity since day one, donating over £270,000. Roads are our business and we know that most of the work Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has to do concerns road traffic accidents, therefore we understand the vital importance of the service they provide. The RRVs have been kitted out with a Tag, allowing free use of the M6toll enabling their teams to reach incidents across the region even quicker.” 

The charity’s new RRVs were part-funded by corporate partner, M6toll, and a grant giving organisation. They have also been supported by the following: West Midlands Ambulance Service, BMW Group, Carnation Designs, Design, Woodway Engineering, Wilker Vehicle Conversions, VUE CCTV, Mansfield Group, Body Repair Centre and Tarrafix.