Fire ambulance hybrid on trial

19:43, Jun 21 2014
Fire medical vehicle
ON TRIAL: John Dyksma Diamond Harbour Volunteer with the fire medical vehicle his brigade , and the Little River Brigade will use.

A fire ambulance, a first for New Zealand, will be trialled in Canterbury.

The prototype Fire Medical Vehicle - effectively half ambulance, half fire engine - was unveiled yesterday. It will be trialled by Diamond Harbour, followed by Little River volunteer firefighters from July 19.

The move comes in response to fire brigades attending more medical-related jobs, such as heart attacks. If the year of trials proves successful, similar prototypes could be rolled out to remote rural communities.

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