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Dacia and Blood Bikes

On the front line with emergency volunteers

Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers

Duster 4x4 on the front line with Emergency Rider Volunteers

Dacia has provided Dusters to aid the Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire.

These SUVs will aid 124 volunteers in transporting blood and blood products throughout the region. The robust nature of the car means volunteers will still be able to attend emergencies during adverse conditions. The Duster 4x4 Laureate dCi 110 was chosen by the service for its dependability and four-wheel drive capability and will be supporting the rapid response bikes as the region's only four wheel vehicle.

 

The SERV OBN voluntary riders are used to riding motorbikes to ensure a quick delivery of medical products, however the fully-equipped emergency vehicle will be used to provide a quicker response to larger load requirements and will also offer immediate access to a vehicle when the bike fleet is grounded.

Duster and emergency rider volunteers

Paul Stothard, SERV OBN said:

“The Dacia Duster 4x4 will make such a difference to the efforts of SERV OBN transferring potentially life-enhancing products to hospitals throughout the region. As a service, our voluntary riders undertook 1,500 journeys in 2016, however if we’d had the capabilities of a vehicle such as the Duster, that number could have been a lot higher. On some occasions, our riders have needed to use their own cars for journeys when they were unable to use their motorbikes. The Duster will remove the need for that and, given its livery, is much more appropriate for use. The Duster will provide a life-saving service for those in need of it.”