Transport for Australia says it has identified two new ambulance transport vehicles and will soon roll them out to all Australian emergency vehicles.
Key points:The National Emergency Response Vehicle will be a modern, fully-integrated ambulance transport vehicleThe National Ambulance Association (NAA) says the vehicles will be available to all state and territory emergency vehicles, ambulances and fire engines.
It is expected that the vehicles, called the National Ambulate Response Vehicle (NARV), will be rolled out to Australian emergency services and fire departments over the coming months.
“The NARV will be fully- integrated into Australian ambulance services, providing for rapid, safe and reliable service delivery, ensuring our paramedics are on site and safe for patients,” Transport for the Commonwealth’s Director of Transport Infrastructure, Michael O’Brien, said in a statement.
“This is the first time the NARVs will be used in Australia.”
We are working closely with our partners at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to finalise the details and delivery schedule of the NAMV for the next four years.
“At this time we are also working with other states and territories to make sure their ambulance services are fully compliant with the NAA’s standard.”
What’s the NARRV?
The NARRVs are essentially large, fully automated ambulances, similar to the US Air Ambulances or European ambulance systems.
They are equipped with a digital camera, and can be used for a range of functions, including transporting patients to hospitals and other medical facilities.
It can also be used to transport patients to a hospital emergency department or to transport people to other hospitals, including in nursing homes.NARRVs were initially introduced in Europe in 2003, but they have only been rolled out in Australia since last year.
A total of 2,937 ambulances in the country have been equipped with the system.
The NARVS have a range to provide transport to a range for ambulance services from ambulance companies to hospitals.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said that the NMRVs will not only be used by ambulance services but also by other agencies that do not have the capability of operating an ambulance in a designated area.
“While we can understand the need to have some sort of backup in an emergency situation, it is not an ideal situation when we have ambulances going into remote areas,” the ATSB said.
“It is important to recognise that these vehicles are not intended to provide immediate transport for patients.
They have been designed to support other functions, such as transporting patients from a hospital to a home or an out-of-hospital care facility.”
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