JOHN Flynn, Stephen Flanagan, Peter Pilon Grant Prendergast with the new ambulance.
JOHN Flynn, Stephen Flanagan, Peter Pilon Grant Prendergast with the new ambulance. Tweed Daily News

World class debut for new ambulance

WORLD Championship Rally drivers are not the only ones in town with hot new wheels.

Paramedics at Kingscliff Ambulance Station received a prototype 6X6 Toyota Landcruiser ambulance on Wednesday morning for use both off road and on road during Repco Rally Australia.

North Coast assistant divisional manager Peter Pilon said the vehicle was built from the ground up from Ambulance NSW specifications.

“We thought the rally would be an opportune time to test it out,” he said.

“Following the rally the new vehicle will be shared between Kingscliff, Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah ambulance stations for a few weeks.

“It will then be taken to the Mid North Coast for other ambulance officers to test out before it goes back to Sydney.

From there we will go back with their feedback to work out any kinks,” Mr Pilon said.

Mr Pilon said the six-wheeler vehicle could be put into mass production.

“It is a really smooth ride and the level of care we can provide is higher than we currently provide in our four-wheel-drive ambulance vehicles,” he said.

Paramedic Grant Prendergast said he was looking forward to giving it a test run. “I think it will attract some attention. It's got a different look to it,” Mr Prendergast said.

Mr Pilon, who is also the Repco Rally Australia health commander, said an additional 30 paramedics have been rostered on for the event.

“A further nine ambulance vehicles have also been brought in to cope with the large crowds,” Mr Pilon said.

“I've been working closely with the rally officials and I'm very impressed with how everything is being run.”

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