Volvo trucks give Redwings extra horsepower 15 March 2011

Redwings, the UK's largest horse sanctuary, has taken delivery of its first Volvo truck, which will be used as a horse ambulance for the charity's rescue and round-up operations.

The FM-260 Globetrotter will be used to transport horses, ponies, mules and donkeys that are in need of care and re-homing.

Redwings, which is based at Hapton, near Norwich, specified the truck with a long wheelbase 4x2 chassis cab from the Used Vehicle Centre at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, Ely.

The company has also revealed that Oakley is preparing a tailor-made horse box conversion.

"This is our first Volvo and it's going to be a vital replacement for one of our 18 tonne HGVs that has frankly seen better days," says Adam Joslin, welfare and transport manager at Redwings.

"We also operate three 7.5-tonne horse boxes and all these vehicles are absolutely essential for our day to day work," he adds.

"The FM will be used for our rescue work across the UK as well as moving animals from site to site," he continues. "We were specifically looking for a Volvo, because of their reputation, their dealer network and their after-sales care."

John Challen

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