The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has replaced its existing fleet with 38 new Dispatch 2.0HDi 900 vans. These new, highly specified vans will be used by the RNLI’s UK based divisional technicians, who are responsible for essential lifeboat repair and maintenance work.
Supplied by Wyatt of Poole, the RNLI’s 38 Dispatch vans have a wide range of factory options including ABS, air conditioning, central locking, unglazed rear doors, a full bulkhead and electric mirrors. In addition, ply linings, extra security equipment, heavy duty load tie down points, tow bar and internal racking are also specified.
The RNLI’s experience with the Citroen Dispatch has shown that these vans deliver the right combination of load volume and load accessibility. The divisional technicians are required to carry a wide range of tools and specialist equipment including outboard engines. In addition the Dispatch vans, which are bought outright by the RNLI, are expected to tow small boats and other equipment on occasions.
David Tidman, the RNLI’s transport engineer comments, "Previous experience with the Dispatch has shown that this is both reliable and economical. We expect the new, more powerful, 110hp Dispatch vans to provide even better performance and economy for our divisional technicians."
During their three year life with the RNLI the Dispatch vans will cover upwards of 90,000 miles. The RNLI, a registered charity, provides a round-the-clock search and rescue service up to 50 miles from the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Institution currently has an active fleet of 323 lifeboats based at 231 lifeboat stations. On average the volunteer-crewed lifeboat fleet has over 6,500 launches in a year and rescues over 6,700 people.Published 4 July 2003