The Irish Red Cross has introduced a new style of ambulance to its fleet, the first of which will be based in West Limerick.
The vehicle was launched by Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Liam Galvin at a ceremony recently in Newcastle West.
This new ambulance design has been developed specifically to meet the needs of the first aid and ambulance service provided by the Irish Red Cross, and to provide optimum levels of safety and comfort for both patients and crew.
"I have seen the support that the Irish Red Cross has given to flooded communities around the country over the recent days, we are very fortunate to have such humanitarian people living and volunteering here in our local area," Cllr Galvin said.
The vehicle complies with the Europe-wide CEN standard for ambulances and the requirements of European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) safety legislation.
Anthony Lawlor, National Director of Units for the Irish Red Cross said: “The Irish Red Cross wants to be at the forefront of bringing modern, safe and fit-for-purpose ambulances into use in Ireland, and this vehicle represents the standard for Irish Red Cross ambulances into the future."
Support to develop the vehicle was provided by the Turf Club, with funding from the JP McManus Benevolent fund. The new ambulance was built on a Peugeot Boxer van and was converted to an ambulance by Wilker Auto Conversions of Clara, Co Offaly.
Dr Andrew Kelly, Area Director of Units for the Irish Red Cross in Limerick thanked the Turf Club and the JP McManus Benevolent Fund both of which “have assisted the organisation with a range of projects over the past ten years”.
The new ambulance will be deployed in county Limerick, where it will join a fleet of Irish Red Cross vehicles already in service.
The Irish Red Cross is extremely active in Limerick with over 600 members. In the last year the organisation has provided cover for over 250 cultural, sporting and community events throughout the county.
For further details see www.limerickredcross.org