WEST Midlands Ambulance Service has become the first emergency service in the region to achieve one of the toughest ‘excellence’ programmes in the country.
The Trust has been awarded ‘Van Excellence’ by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). For patients who need an ambulance, it means that the vehicle they are conveyed in is operated at the highest level.
Tony Page, general manager of Fleet Services, said: “Some people might be confused as to what the programme has to do with us. However, ambulances are essentially vans with a very specialised purpose, so to get the award is a fantastic achievement for the staff and is good news for patients.
“We are one of only three ambulance services to meet the standard and there are only 75 accredited operators in the UK out of 14,000 members of the FTA.
“To gain accreditation, we have to actively ensure the safety of our staff and the public through a robust maintenance programmes; adherence to pre-departure checks; a robust defect rectification process and high levels of driver training.”
Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, added: “This award is the culmination of 18 months of hard work. Clearly our top priority is to ensure the highest standards of patient care
“In terms of a team effort, I am really proud of everyone in our Fleet Department for all of their hard work in attaining this award.”