The Scottish government has announced that it will spend £25.5m over the next three years replacing and upgrading its ambulance service’s fleet.

The funds will allow the service to buy around 750 new vehicles, including 90 equipped for paramedic teams and emergency response. These will replace outdated vehicles, leading to a 3 per cent increase in the number of vehicles at the service’s disposal by 2012. 

Saving lives

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “Ambulance service staff are out there saving lives every single day and they deserve the highest standard of transport to enable them to carry out their job effectively.

“This investment will ensure the Scottish ambulance service has the right mix of modern, state-of-the-art vehicles to continue offering the best emergency care to the people of Scotland.”