Prague wants more ambulances

The city hopes to upgrade the fleet as part of its development strategy

Prague wants to rebuild its rescue service fleet. The city wants to buy 15 vehicles a year so that by 2021 there would be 80 new ambulances.

Upgrading the fleet is one of the pillars of Prague's development strategy for the Emergency Medical Service for the years 2017 to 2021, according to City Councilor Radek Lacko (ANO), who is responsible for health issues.

Lacko said the current fleet of ambulances was insufficient in case of a crisis situation, according to new server Euro.cz. After new vehicles are acquired, the oldest of the current ones would be kept in reserve and used when other vehicles are being repaired.

The new ambulances should have a loading system for stretchers, an anesthesia system and a communication system. Each vehicle costs Kč 4.7 million.

The rescue service is also going to open up more stations, such as one near Václav Havel Airport Prague, on Průběžná Street, on Argentinská Street, and in Radotín and Modřany.

The rescue service is also looking for a new headquarters, as the current one on Korunní Street is no longer adequate. They have been at that location since 1999, following an extensive reorganization of the EMS. The service may move to a city building in Prague 8, according to Euro.cz.

Ambulances respond in Prague in about eight minutes. The emergency service system in Prague is one of the oldest in Europe, and will celebrate its 160th anniversary on Dec. 8, 2018.

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