Smallest ambulance in UAE soon Filed on February 8, 2008

DUBAI - Accident victims in the UAE can soon expect the smallest ambulance in the world to rescue them, negotiating the heaviest of traffic and sandy terrains.

Displayed at the recently concluded Arab Health Conference and Exhibition 2008, the medical off-road unit, named Gecco (Game Environment for Command and Control Operations), was presented by German company IncentiveMed International AG.

Says Thorsten Anker, CEO of IncentiveMed, “The vehicle was originally launched for transporting pilgrims during the Haj period in Saudi Arabia though it is yet to be professionally launched in the world,” he said.

“This vehicle is different from the normal three types developed according to international standards. This Rescue All Trail Van CS is specially designed for the needs of the Middle East and Central Asian region,” Anker.

“The ambulance is ideal for the Dubai traffic and rescue operations in desert areas,” he said.

The four-wheel drive with raised chassis, strengthened steering, special tyres, double floor pan, front and rear bumpers, independent front suspension and a rigid rear axle would make the van the best off-road rescue vehicle in the world, say the manufacturers.

Thanks to an integrated, remote-controllable and mobile winch for front and rear, recovery operations are also possible.

The four-wheel drive offers enough space for three crew members, one patient and state-of-the-art medical equipment. Patients can be transported in both lying and upright positions. A high-performance cooling system and a roof-mounted air-conditioning system enable rescue operations even under extreme climatic conditions.

Anker also said that their company had been training paramedics in Abu Dhabi.

“Negotiations have been held with interested parties in the country and soon a deal is expected to be finalised for the vans in the country,” he added.

The cost of the vehicle ranges from $38,000 to $48,000 depending on the upgrades.

Asma Ali Zain

Associated with KT for 15 years. Covers health issues, Pakistan community, human interest stories as well as general topics for daily news or features.

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