Skoda has supplied a fleet of 18 converted Kodiaq SUVs to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
The conversion – said to be one of the car maker’s most ambitious to date – was completed by Halls Electrical Ltd and involved the inclusion of a second screen in the centre console and the movement of the existing infotainment system to be positioned above the glove box.
The new screen houses information relating to 999 calls, while the Skoda infotainment system has full functionality with features such as Sat Nav, DAB radio and SmartLink+.
In addition to the interior changes, the car’s 720-litre boot has been re-designed to house essential life-saving equipment, while in the rear, two seats have been removed to provide additional space for equipment, a fire extinguisher as well as an in-built combination safe for storing controlled drugs.
Rob Hughes, Halls Electrical technical director, said: “Working closely with the fleet department and operational commanders from SWASFT, we have produced a compliant, cost effective solution to fully meet the requirements of this wide ranging and complex role.”
Robin Gwinnett, learning and development manager for South Western Ambulance Service, added: “We have chosen the Skoda Kodiaq as our operational officer vehicle because of the space available for the specialist and technical equipment required by this staff group. The vehicle offers the level of safety and comfort that our crews demand from operational vehicles. It blends excellent on-road handling characteristics with enough off-road performance for the majority of the situations our operations officers face on a daily basis.”