Yankalilla SAAS scores state-of-the-art ambulance

Yankalilla's SA Ambulance crew will be one of the first to be at the helm of a new state-of-the-art ambulance, worth about $140,000.

A fleet of 46 Mercedes-Benz VS30 sprinter ambulances will soon hit the state's roads, with 32 heading out to regional areas and the other 14 staying in metropolitan Adelaide.

The first three towns to park their new vehicles at their stations are Yankalilla, Penola and Cleve, and Minlaton, Kingscote, Riverton, Mannum, Hamley Bridge and Tailem Bend will receive the second allocation.

Each region across SA will receive on new ambulance, with the rest of the fleet expected to arrive by August 2020.

Some of the new features on board the vehicles include better safety features and the latest technology, including improved leather seats for infection control and Wi-Fi to help with communication of clinical data.

The new fleet - worth $6.4 million in total - will complement the 12 new high-tech SPRINT vehicles the state government announced would be distributed across the state.

SA Ambulance Service chief executive officer David Place said the ambulances were better equipped to help the two-person ambulance crews responding to more than 800 incidents across South Australia every day.

"We have some of the best clinicians in the world - it makes sense to support them with modern vehicles," Mr Place said.

"All new vehicles will continue to be fully equipped with powerlift stretchers, which we know greatly assist our staff and patients."

SA Ambulance Service Lower Murray, Fleurieu and KI operations manager David Dewar was glad to see the "extremely hardworking" crews of the Fleurieu being able to better support the community with the vehicle.

"We know that crews stationed across the Fleurieu Peninsula face challenging driving conditions. Whilst our volunteers are highly skilled and trained, the new vehicles are equipped with safety features that will further assist in both emergency and non-emergency situations, and in adverse weather," he said.

"Improved driving technologies include a built-in crosswind assist for gusty conditions or when a large truck is passing by, an advanced braking system for wet or icy conditions and a surround-view display screen for a full birds eye view of any hazards or obstacles."

With Yankalilla vehicle already at the station, he was excited to announce the Goolwa SA Ambulance crew would also receive one of the new ambulances.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Steven Wade said the resources aboard the new ambulances had the ability to better aid paramedics and potentially deliver life-saving outcomes.

"We've been working closely with SA Ambulance Service to make improvements for our hardworking crews and to deliver improved health care for our patients," Mr Wade said.

"Our ambulances are turning out to more emergencies than ever before. This investment will future-proof our service and better prepare us for any second wave of coronavirus."

For more information, visit www.saambulance.com.au