New 4×4 ambulance revs up 2022 Perth 4WD and Adventure Show
- St John WA’s new Toyota HiAce Commuter with 4WD drive conversion went on display from November 4 to 6 at McCallum Park.
- HiAce Commuter 4×4 ambulances will be rolled out to Coral Bay and Onslow and will eventually replace all existing Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carriers in St John WA’s service.
- Country Ambulance responded to more than 50,000 cases in the past year.
St John WA’s latest four-wheel drive ambulance went on display at the 2022 Perth 4WD and Adventure Show, November 4 to 6.
The new model of Toyota HiAce Commuter with 4WD drive conversion is being kitted out like the latest St John ambulance, MK 7, with three under construction and more on order.
These new HiAce Commuter 4×4 ambulances will be rolled out to Coral Bay and Onslow and will eventually replace all existing Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carriers in St John’s service.
Perth Motor Bodies showcased St John’s HiAce Commuter 4×4 vehicle as part of Perth’s biggest 4WD show, which celebrated 30 years at McCallum Park. Leading ambulance manufacturer Paull & Warner fitted the ambulance component.
St John WA Head of Country Ambulance Operations, Justin Fonte, said it was a great reminder to those who go on rural and remote adventure holidays that accidents happen in all terrains.
“St John WA answers the call across the biggest area of any single ambulance service in the world, and four-wheel-drive ambulances are a vital tool in covering Western Australia’s vast 2.525 million square kilometre landmass,” Mr Fonte said.
“Country ambulance responded to more than 50,000 cases in the past year where there always remains the risk of the occasional case being too difficult to access.
“Thankfully modern vehicle technology allows us to safely access more of Western Australia than ever before – to assist those who are in need in the worst of circumstance.”
Tjerk ‘Jack’ Slagman learnt the importance of all terrain emergency vehicles after he was saved by St John and other local agencies from difficult dune terrain surrounding Kennedys Beach, near Esperance. Click here to learn more of Jack’s story.