Dubai: Al Tayer Group has donated 10 ambulance cars to Emirates Red Crescent to be used in a number of countries and areas.

The donation of a fleet of ambulances by Al Tayer Group, a UAE-based diversified business group, was made to support Emirates Red Crescent programmes to enhance the medical sector capabilities in countries which are experiencing a shortage of this aspect of health services.

The 10 Ford E-350 DRW cut-away units were specially converted into ambulances by Horton Emergency Vehicles in Ohio, USA.

Ahmad Al Tayer, director of Al Tayer Group said: “As a good corporate citizen, we are always looking to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. We are pleased to work with the Emirates Red Crescent and contribute these hi-tech ambulances for use in places where they are most required.”

The interiors of the hi-tech ambulances feature advanced composite materials, impervious to water, rot, mould, fungus or infestation, previously used only in aircraft or aerospace applications.

The ambulances are also outfitted with the Horton Occupant Protection System, which combines advanced restraints, multi-density head protection, tubular air bags and head curtain bags to protect medical attendants inside the vehicle in case of any rollover collision impacts.

The Emirates Red Crescent emphasised that Al Tayer Group is fulfilling a social responsibility alongside its role in boosting the local economy.

The initiative is an example of the smart partnership between humanitarian organisations and the private sector in the UAE, which enhances the UAE’s efforts and the ongoing initiative across the international humanitarian domain, they said.

The donation is part of a series of activities undertaken by Al Tayer Group. Most recently Al Tayer Group created the world’s longest painting — as recorded by Guinness World Records. This was the result of an eight-month-long campaign titled ‘I’m Different Just Like You’, in partnership with Dubai Autism Centre, where 20,000 children and 4,000 adults participated.

The campaign was designed to help increase awareness about autism in the local communities as an educational platform, which was first rolled out to GEMS Education and Taaleem schools after the spring break in 2015.

Previously the Group donated two Ford Mustang cars to the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) for use as First Responder vehicles to reach accident sites quickly and provide integrated care to victims until the arrival of ambulances, in case of emergencies.