DCA to enter West Midlands Ambulance Service

VCS (Vehicle Conversion Specialists) has developed a dual crewed ambulance (DCA) with a reduced weight that will enter service with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

According to VCS, weight savings have been achieved with the introduction of a low mass loading ramp, while lightweight composites have also been utilised in the vehicle’s interior cabinets, panelling and flooring. Further reductions in mass come from replacing standard-fitment OEM exterior glass with a lightweight alternative.

Revisions to the DCA’s electrical systems are claimed to have yielded gains in lightweighting, as well as vehicle and manufacturing performance. A new modular electrical harness is expected to save weight and reduce complexity, reducing assembly time. Meanwhile, lithium-ion technology and revised battery management systems are said to further reduce weight.

The DCA also features solutions from emergency services technology specialist Acetech, including a new integrated electronic control system that allows fleet managers to track key medical assets coded to the vehicle and draw upon customisable system telematics. Meanwhile, ambulance crews benefit from voice activated commands and controls, facial recognition security systems and a 3D surround camera designed in conjunction with Vue.

VCS managing director Mark Kerrigan said: “Our Dual Crewed Ambulance makes up a significant proportion of the UK’s ambulance fleet, meaning that any updates to this vehicle can have a profound effect on our emergency services. We’ve taken this responsibility incredibly seriously, ensuring that our next-generation DCA offers significant efficiency gains as well as tangible benefits to crews and ambulance fleet managers alike.”

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