News Advanced Ford Transit ambulances developed for the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services on display at the Ferno-Washington stand at Arah Health 2019, the new Transit T-350 ambulance was customised by Horton and American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) in the US and fitted with the very latest patient care and safety equipment by Ferno-Washington, and telematics systems by Ferno-ACETECH. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Image Credit:

Dubai: The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Service (DCAS) has acquired a fleet of state-of-the-art ambulances.

The ambulances have an integrated vehicle intelligence system that allows a central control room to locate it, track its speed and communicate with the ambulance driver.

Called the Ford Transit Ambulance, the vehicles which have been specially developed for DCAS have a semi-solar powered system that recharges the battery. They are equipped with a mechanism to plug in the vehicle to a power point when stationary and provide cooling without switching on air-conditioning.

Simon Zerihun, head of Ferno Middle East, a subsidiary of Ford that manufactures the ambulances, said: “The cooling system helps drivers to cool the vehicle when parked without draining the batteries.”

Besides these features, the ambulances have advanced oxygen tanks which are compact and have movable medical equipment.

One of the main features of the ambulance is the electronically controlled stretcher. The motor is plugged into a socket and the stretcher can be raised, lowered and moved without much manual strain.

“A young female paramedic can manoeuvre the stretcher single-handedly to the ground and also lift and replace it back into the ambulance alone. This is a great time and resource saver,” added Zerihun.

The DCAS is set to acquire a total of 70 vehicles by the end of 2019.