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New fleet of ambulances to be built at Ford Dagenham

Work on the new fleet will start in 2022 (Credit: Ford)

A fleet of state-of-the-art, lightweight ambulances is going to be built at Ford Dagenham.

Ford and the Venari Group have teamed up to develop Project Siren, which is expected to create around 100 jobs in the local area. 

The vehicles will be based on the Ford Transit chassis cab and both engineering experts and front-line medical teams have had an input on the design.

“Project Siren used an agile, collaborative process and direct customer input from NHS Ambulance Trusts to create the Ford Venari Lightweight Ambulance, which is designed to improve patient treatment and ease of use for paramedics,” said a spokesperson for Ford. 

“Advanced digital connectivity supports efficient restocking and vehicle maintenance, while the lightweight design helps reduce emissions and operating costs associated with using heavier vehicles.” 

Work on the fleet is set to begin in 2022. 

Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said the history of Ford “lies at the heart” of the borough. 

“I am thrilled to hear of this joint venture between Ford and Venari Group and really pleased that this not only brings in more job opportunities, but it will also bring with a major boost to our local economy,” he said.

“This is extremely good news not just for the borough but also means we are playing our part in supporting the emergency services.”

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