Fire ambulance hybrid on trial
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.