A FLEET of new 4x4 ambulances is set to hit the region's roads after West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) took delivery of 16 of the new specially designed emergency vehicles.
The ambulance trust is continuing with a "significant" investment in vehicle replacements and the new 4x4 Mercedes ambulances will give the trust much more capability to get to patients in difficult weather and muddy off-road conditions.
WMAS currently has one of the most modern 999 fleet of any ambulance service in the country, with over 300 ambulances and 200 rapid response vehicles.
It is planned that one of the 4x4 vehicles will be based at each ambulance hub around the region.
The cost of one of the new 4x4 ambulances is £140,000 compared to £100,000 for a normal new two wheel drive ambulance."