Ambulance solar panel idea gets an award

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A SCHEME which sees solar panels power ambulance response cars has picked up a national award.

South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) won the prize for efficiency in transport and logistics at the Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards.

Scas took the honour for the solar panel power on rapid response project, which saw the service put solar panels on 36 rapid response vehicles, which would power the secondary battery that provides all emergency equipment on these vehicles.

The scheme was reported in The News, and gained national praise.

Phil Pimlott, assistant director of operational support and special operations for Scas, said: ‘We’re really pleased to have won this prestigious award which celebrates our work in energy efficiency which has environmental benefits.

‘Adding them to our vehicles will mean that we continue to reduce our carbon footprint and make a real difference to our patients and the environment for the future.’