With responsibility for responding to disasters and conflicts throughout the world and hundreds of thousands of people relying on its workers for humanitarian aid, The British Red Cross needs a reliable transport solution to get valuable supplies to the people who need it the most. To help it achieve this, The British Red Cross has chosen to add eight more converted Renault Master Vans to its fleet, bringing the total number of Renault vehicles in its fleet to more than 100.
The British Red Cross, which forms part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisations, has over 35,000 volunteers in the UK and 2,000 members of staff. With more than 700 centres in the UK alone, The British Red Cross is able to provide local services to vulnerable people on a national basis with the help of the new Renault Master vans.
The Renault Master was the ideal choice for the British Red Cross as its versatility means that it can be converted into various service delivery vehicles. The eight new vehicles will be converted into the latest edition to the British Red Cross’ fleet, the ‘Responder’, a multipurpose front line ambulance.
The eight Master Conversions will be used in UK based operations as service delivery vehicles for patient transfer work, first aid posts, front line ambulance support, minibuses, disabled passenger transport, fire victim support, the delivery and collection of medical loan items such as wheelchairs, walking frames and orthopaedic beds. The vital humanitarian work is made possible by public donations and vans will be used to collect the ‘Big Red Sacks’ full of clothes and goods for sale in the British Red Cross shops.
Richard Dickens, Commercial Manager for the British Red Cross is responsible for the fleet. He said; "We specifically chose the Renault Master chassis because it is ideal for us to convert into minibuses, disabled passenger vehicles, and various service delivery vehicles.
"The size of the side loading door is important when you consider the need for easy access by people who may have a disability, the Renault Master door is wider and higher than some of its competitors, this makes a vital difference for disabled passengers"
The Red Cross Movement was established more than 135 years ago by Henry Dunant, a Swiss philanthropist. It was created to provide neutral and impartial help to relieve suffering in times of war. The Red Cross has more than 100 million members across the globe.
The Master Panel Vans were converted into The British Red Cross ‘Responder’ front line ambulances by Renault recognised converter, Courtside Conversions based in Tiverton, Devon.Published 19 December 2004