Winter tyres to be fitted to region’s ambulances

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More than 1,000 cold weather tyres will be fitted to ambulances and fast-response cars as the service gears up to provide emergency care in the most treacherous conditions.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will attach the seasonal tyres to 306 ambulances and fast responders in a programme that will cost £80,000.

It is the second year in a row the service is using the grips, after tests found they could reduce braking distances by more than a half and gave vehicles more responsive steering and traction.

EMAS fleet manager Steve Farnsworth said: “Fitting cold weather tyres is key to preparing for potentially difficult conditions over the coming months.

“We don’t know what the weather will throw at our crews but the tyres we’ve chosen perform in extreme cold and in the wet as well as being able to deal better with snow and ice.

“This programme helps to ensure the safety of crews and patients and is just another way we’re working to improve response.”

The tyres will be fitted on the vehicles by the end of November.

Over the past few years EMAS has also invested in more than 60 four-wheel drive vehicles which do not need to be part of the programme.