Ambulances to roll out across SA

New ultra-modern ambulances are set to travel roads across the state as part of a plan to improve emergency responses and deliver life-saving outcomes to South Australian patients.

A fleet of 46 new vehicles, each valued at about $140,000, will be distributed throughout the state with 14 to go to metro sites while 32 will be rolled-out through regional areas.

Yankalilla, Penola and Cleve will receive the first of the vehicle allocation, with Minlaton, Kingscote, Riverton, Mannum, Hamley Bridge and Tailem Bend to follow.

The remaining fleet are expected to be on the roads by August 2020.

SA Ambulance Service chief executive David Place said the new ambulances would boast the latest technology.

"Our two-person ambulance crews respond to over 800 incidents between them a day," Mr Place said.

"We have some of the best clinicians in the world - it makes sense to support them with modern vehicles.

"All new vehicles will continue to be fully equipped with powerlift stretchers, which we know greatly assist our staff and patients."

State Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the new vehicles were part of a government focus on boosting health care and patient services.

"We've been working closely with SA Ambulance Service to make improvements for our hardworking crews and to deliver improved health care for our patients," he said.

"Our ambulances are turning out to more emergencies than ever before.

"This investment will future-proof our service and better prepare us for any second wave of coronavirus."

Mr Wade said the vehicles were part of a $6.4 million investment into SA Ambulance Service, which included building works to stations and the recruitment of addition staff.

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