The streets of Doha have seen a slick, new vehicle in recent months. Hitting the roads in April, these are fast, sleek Mercedes Benz. They are equipped with GPS navigation, the latest safety features and other enviable equipment. But this new model isn’t the latest sports car. Rather, it’s one of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) national Ambulance Services new fleet of 100 life-saving new vehicles.

Built to world-class specifications, the new vehicles have narrower bodies to enable faster progress through traffic, enhanced warning systems,vastly improved safety features for all occupants, and a new, state-of-the-art stretcher system.

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They are carefully designed to help the crew deliver improved care at the roadside and on the move and to enhance the patient’s experience and safety while on board.

Every new vehicle is fitted with GPS location technology that will help shorten response times and electronic data transmission to enable fast transfer of clinical information direct to the hospital, in advance of arrival. They will also have mechanical heart and lung resuscitation equipment that will benefit patients who have had a heart attack.

The HMC Ambulance Service is the first national ambulance service to fully implement these cutting-edge technologies across a whole fleet of vehicles.

Based on a Merecedes-Benz chassis, the new vehicles will be part of a bigger specialised fleet that already includes Toyota Landcruiser Prado rapid response vehicles, specialised Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) vehicles, and mountain bikes and quad bikes for difficult-to-access areas. These ground-based resources are supported by the Lifeflight Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).