Premium tyre maker Hankook continues to support the Air Ambulance Critical Care car fleet, a crucial addition to the helicopter fleet, throughout 2020. The partnership between the company and the Air Ambulance was established in 2017 when the first sets of tyres were donated. Since the partnership began, the Air Ambulance Service have been able to switch to operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and have extended their car fleet with the addition of two new Škoda Kodiaqs.
The charity, which relies solely on public donations, operate their Rapid Response Critical Care Cars and Air Ambulances across the five counties of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. As the air ambulances are not flown in darkness or in extreme weather conditions, the good local road network and clearer roads overnight mean the e paramedics are able to continue their life-saving service round the clock, 365 days a year. The Cars, are also frequently used within the day to attend emergencies that are quicker to reach by road.
Due to the high speeds and distances undertaken by the Rapid Response Critical Care cars, the tyres must be changed frequently. The donations from Hankook ensure the Air Ambulance Service have the tyres to hand, ready to be changed at any given time, reducing the time each vehicle is out of service and reducing the cost to the charity.
Airbase Manager, Karl Bexon said, “Having the continued support and partnership with Hankook Tyre enables our fleet of Critical Care Cars to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing critical interventions and treatments to the patients that are in their time of need. Knowing we have the reliability of world class tyres connecting our cars to the road surface, is fundamental for the safety of our team of clinicians.”
Marketing Manager of Hankook Tyre UK, Zoë Baldwin said, “Hankook is honoured to help support the Air Ambulance Service by providing them with high performance tyres for their Rapid Response Critical Care Cars, to enable them to operate at the highest levels of reliability, safety and speed.”
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