New tyres mean Emas ambulances are ready for icy roads

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An ambulance service is preparing for winter by fitting its vehicles with winter tyres.

East Midlands Ambulance Service is equipping its fleet with sets of cold weather tyres.

This is the second year running the service has fitted out its vehicles with the high-grip tyres. The programme will cost £80,000.

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.

“Our ambulances are our treatment centres and when we receive a call we will go to that patient even in the most hazardous conditions.

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