UK-based emergency vehicle manufacturer Venari Group has begun converting ex-British Army vehicles into armoured ambulances to be sent to Ukraine.
In a press release the company stated that the Ukrainian Embassy in London contacted Venari’s CEO, Oliver North, through Goole MP Andrew Percy just last week, and following a thorough assessment, the manufacturer was instructed to commence work on Friday 25th March. Overnight, Venari’s 120,000sq.ft. of shopfloor space – in Goole and Brighouse – was commandeered for the Ukrainian effort.
Ukraine is currently losing ambulances at an increasingly rapid rate of 10 per day, so Venari is building vehicles designed to carry greater numbers of casualties. With all-terrain capability, they will allow increased manoeuvrability for both paramedics and patients and allow medical teams to treat people who they may not otherwise be able to reach. The armoured variants will provide ballistic protection from small arms fire on the front line to allow safer extractions.