Date
14 December 2018
The three new ambulances, with brightly painted exteriors, were put into service on Monday under an eight-month trial. Photo: i-Cable News
The three new ambulances, with brightly painted exteriors, were put into service on Monday under an eight-month trial. Photo: i-Cable News

HK acquires three new ambulances; eight-month trial begins

With sirens blaring and brightly painted exteriors, Hong Kong’s new fleet of ambulances is hard to miss on the streets.

The Fire Services Department recently acquired three brand-new yellow ambulances to provide emergency transport services to the public in the coming months, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The department gave a demonstration of the new vehicles to media on Monday. Costing HK$1 million each, the ambulances are painted yellow, the standard color for such vehicles in the European Union, to enhance their visibility and prompt other drivers to make way for its passage during emergencies.

According to the department, the new ambulances began their services on Monday under an eight-month trial program.

They will first serve the department’s ambulance depots in Tai Po and Ngau Tau Kok before they are sent to other depots for about five or six days each.

During the trial period, the department will gather feedback from the public, which will serve as a reference for future designs and specifications of its ambulances.

The new vehicles will have the same equipment found in existing ambulances, although they will have additional features.

In the new ambulance, for example, a stretcher is installed in the middle of the rear compartment.

The stretchers of the vehicles have different features serving different functions. One has a fixed position, another one slides to the left or right, while a third can be moved up and down.

The different configurations allow paramedics to choose the best way to transport patients and treat them more effectively and more comprehensively.

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