Vehicles and Equipment previously used by EDSFAT
First Aid Control Vehicle
Edsfat operated a purpose built control vehicle. The vehicle’s main purpose was to provide a fully set up and functional First Aid control at events such as hikes and large camps.
The vehicle was previously a major incident control vehicle for Sussex Ambulance Service. The vehicle was a fully kitted mobile control room and had an automatically inflating mast that passed through the roof of the vehicle.
Additional radio aerials also allowed EDSFAT to provide First Aid radio control for a number of radio networks (PMR and CB primarily).
The vehicle ensured we had a warm, dry environment to control the sometimes very busy radio net. On large camps this is where we received calls for help, triaged and dispatched our Ambulance vehicles, First Aid bike, Responce Vehicles or roving first aiders.
The vehicle was also fitted with an outside awning so members not on duty could sit outside in relative comfort.
This vehicle was retired in early 2014 when the replacement lorry was purchased,
Ford Iveco – First Aid Unit
EDSFAT previously operated a Ford Iveco First Aid Unit as its front line Mobile First Aid point vehicle until the end of 2009. The vehicle was equipped with all the First Aid equipment needed to operate at most events. This included portable large and small First Aid kits, medical gases, Exposure Kit, Pulse Oximeter, Blood Glucose Meter, Blankets, Frac-Packs and Frac-Straps.
For the transportation of casualties the vehicle was equipped with a number of stretchers both for use in the vehicle and in the field. The vehicle was not used for the transportation of casualties to hospital, if transport to hospital was required, depending on the severity, a leaders car or County Ambulance would be used or called.
The vehicle was equipped with both PMR and CB radio to allow communications at events. A complete set of incident and hazard lighting equipment was fitted to the vehicle, this included high visibility markings all round the vehicle helping people identify the vehicle in the dark.
This vehicle was only used at events with access points on tarmac and solid roads.
Mercedes – First Aid Unit Ambulance
The first purpose built ambulance owned by EDSFAT. This vehicle was fully equipped to provide both a mobile and fixed First Aid facility. Complete with equipment cases and grab bags this vehicle was an excellent ‘First Aid Unit’ intended to deal with the majority of casualties in situ, and only transporting non-urgent ones.
Once it had reached the end of its life with EDSFAT, it was sold on. Its new owner planned to use it as an Ambulance vehicle in an Eastern European country.
Series III Land Rover Ambulance
In January 2007 EDSFAT replaced the old Series III Land Rover Ambulance that had been kindly loaned to EDSFAT by a member. The current vehicle follows a very similar internal set up to the old Land Rover Ambulance which had been refined in the old vehicle. Due to it age and deteriorating condition it was decided by all parties to replace it. Unlike the newer vehicle this one was only used at events that required 4×4 ability due to its high running costs.
It is believed that the vehicle was sold for parts (Land Rover parts demand a high price).
BMW 3 Series Immediate Response Vehicle
To allow for an immediate provision of First Aiders around large sites and camps, EDSFAT used an equipped BMW car. This vehicle was equipped with a very wide selection of equipment including Medical Gases, Burns Kits, Eye Wash Kit, Ice Packs and Cool Packs.
When used on a campsite the vehicle was equipped with a blue beacon and roof mounted spot / working lights.
This vehicle was replaced with the Land Rover Freelander which has since been replaced by the SEAT ALHAMBRA and Land Rover Discovery Land Rover Immediate Response Vehicles.
Land Rover Freelander
Following on from the success of the BMW 3 series as an Immediate Response Vehicle the owner was able to replace it with a Land Rover Freelander. This also gave the advantage of some off road capability. As with the BMW the vehicle was equipped with a very wide selection of equipment including Medical Gases, Burns Kits, Eye Wash Kit, Ice Packs and Cool Packs.
When used on a campsite the vehicle was equipped with a blue beacon and roof mounted spot / working lights as well as suitable sirens.
This vehicle was replaced by the SEAT ALHAMBRA and Land Rover Discovery Land Rover Immediate Response Vehicles.