Devon’s emergency medics to acquire new lifesaving vehicle

The BASICS Devon team

The BASICS Devon team - Credit: BASICS Devon

BASICS Devon, a network of volunteer doctors, who support ambulance staff at emergency incidents - is to acquire a new, state of the art emergency responder vehicle. 

The all-terrain vehicle boasts hi-visibility and reflective markings; is fitted with communication and navigation equipment; blue lights, sirens and a dash cam, to ensure its volunteer doctors are able to drive safely to an emergency incident.  

The 4x4 Skoda Kodiaq, will be active across Devon, carrying volunteer doctors, to the scene of critically ill or injured patients in the community or at the roadside. This vehicle will also provide the opportunity for education in pre-hospital medicine to other healthcare professionals. 

The new vehicle has been made possible after the group successfully bid for a total of £44,000 from a pot of £250,000, which is given to the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) every year by the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. The new funding will also enable BASICS Devon to add blue lights and safety equipment to two new responders’ vehicles. 

This will be the first scheme response vehicle for BASICS Devon. Having their own emergency response vehicle to access critical, isolated, sick and injured patients will help to ease pain and suffering and save lives across one of the most rural counties in the country. It will enable their volunteers to reach remote communities with ease, safely and quickly, in all weather conditions and in most cases arrive before the ambulance. 

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BASICS Devon is one of a network of schemes across the UK, which operates under the umbrella of the British Association for Immediate Care – a national organisation. It currently has 13 responders who were dispatched 408 times last year. 

BASICS Devon Chair Dr Simon Scott-Hayward added: “As a charity we are very aware of the need to include ‘green solutions’ and ensure we consider the community and our environment.  We feel it is important to always evaluate the impact we make on our environment such as carbon emissions in all our activity, and will take this forward throughout this project as much as we practically can, whilst ensuring we maintain and sustain our goal purpose to save lives.” 

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