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posted on 22.05.2018, 14:17 by Luke HarmerLuke Harmer, Sue HignettSue Hignett
This paper outlines a feasibility project investigating the potential for smaller, lighter rapid response vehicles (RRVs) in reducing the carbon footprint and response times of ambulances. Five stakeholder consultations were held with two ambulance trusts, an ambulance manufacturer, a paramedic and the Ultra-Light Vehicle Group to generate three novel design concepts for RRVs, which were then reviewed by four UK fleet managers and four clinicians. The results indicated that the integrated clinician service model could create a future market for smaller, lighter vehicles. Reducing carbon emissions in the short term will most likely be achieved using lower emission engines and improving engine and power management for dual-crewed ambulances. In the medium term (5–10 years), there will be a demand for low emission, composite light-weight dual-crewed ambulances.

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Published in

Journal of Paramedic Practice

Volume

10

Issue

3

Pages

112 - 117

Citation

HARMER, L. and HIGNETT, S., 2018. Smaller, lighter, faster? Reducing the carbon footprint of ambulances. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10 (3), pp.112-117.

Publisher

© MA Healthcare

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/01/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Paramedic Practice, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/jpar.2018.10.3.112.

ISSN

1759-1376

Language

en