‘Our obesity crisis has forced the ambulance service to introduce super-sized vehicles to squeeze in overweight patients.
The workload for these heavy-duty ambulances has more than doubled in the past three years.
And specially designed air ambulances are also soon to be introduced.
NSW Ambulance was the first in Australia to introduce the ambulances, which cost nearly $100,000 more than a regular vehicle, in 1999.
Now two more multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) have been added and the weight-carrying capacity of stretchers increased from 180kg to 220kg.’