It is no coincidence that the Wiltshire Police are also good Honda customers. The local force has for many years been using Honda cars and motorcycles both in liveried and covert applications. Models supplied include the Jazz, Civic (both petrol and diesel variety) Accord, CR-V, Stream and recently, even the Insight.
"We are particularly pleased to be selected as a supplier to Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for this contract, given our close ties and commitment to the county," said Mark Jones, Honda’s Government and Emergency Services sales Co-ordinator. "The suitability of Honda products for emergency service use is now becoming widely recognised around the UK, and we are proud to include many Police, Ambulance and Fire Services – as well as Ministry of Defence departments – among our British customers," he added.
Divisional Officer Geoff Todd said: "This is the culmination of many months hard work and team work, especially by Honda UK, the group at Woodway Engineering and the Solo Response staff from Swindon Station."
He further added: "The Honda was chosen following trials at Swindon station by operational staff, who praised the inbuilt safety features, design and handling characteristics, offering the driver excellent all-round visibility from the raised driving position, and from a budget holder's perspective – excellent value for money. This together with the experience of other Ambulance Trusts and our colleagues at Wiltshire Constabulary, the decision to opt for the Honda CR-V was an easy one."
Mr Todd also added: "The equipment storage design allows for all of the medical equipment to be carried safely and securely, but ready to hand when required on arrival at an incident. It is anticipated that this vehicle type will be introduced to all of our Ambulance Stations over the coming months, providing a rapid response capability across the county."Published 31 May 2003