Yellow fever big hit for St John

New shade 'most visible to the human eye'

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 27/03/2014
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NEW LOOK: St Johns Ambulance employee Geoff Bates with one of the new yellow ambulance vans.

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The first of St John's new-look yellow ambulances has made its way to Palmerston North.

The first of two revamped ambulances arrived in town last week, with another to follow later this year.

The ambulances are among a nationwide rollout that will see all St John ambulances across the country repainted yellow, with additional green reflective markings over the next 10 years.

St John district operations manager Steve Yanko said the colour was chosen following testing in Europe, which found the shade to be the most visible to the human eye.

Yellow vehicles were most noticeable on the road, particularly in low light, and was the most visible colour for people with colour blindness, he said.

The ambulances also have a new, bolder design and have been fitted with more reflective signage than their white predecessors.

Mr Yanko said the hope was the new-look vehicles would make the ambulances more noticeable to the public.

About 40 revamped ambulances a year are expected to hit the streets.

The plan was to make-over the ambulances at no additional cost to the organisation, and it was working with sponsors to do that, he said.

St John ambulances travel more than 18 million kilometres a year and ambulance officers treat more than 400,000 patients a year, so the increased safety and visibility of its vehicles was important, he said.

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