Australia — Bushmaster ambulances delivered

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that four Bush­mas­ter ambu­lances have been deliv­ered to the Air Force Health Ser­vices Wing at RAAF Base Amber­ley.

The Bush­mas­ter ambu­lance is one of sev­en vari­ants of the Bush­mas­ter vehi­cle being built for the Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF).

63 Bush­mas­ter ambu­lances are being built for the ADF worth more than $670,000 each. 

25 Bush­mas­ter ambu­lances have so far been deliv­ered to the ADF including: 

  • 19 to 7 Brigade based at Enog­gera Bar­racks, Brisbane; 
  • One to the School of Health at Latch­ford Bar­racks, Bonegilla; 
  • One to the Motorised Com­bat Wing, School of Artillery at Puck­a­pun­yal Bar­racks; and 
  • Four announced today to the Air Force Health Ser­vices Wing at RAAF Base Amberley.

Mr Clare said the Bush­mas­ter ambu­lances were an improve­ment on the Sprint­er ambu­lances cur­rent­ly used by the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force. 

“The Bush­mas­ter is a ter­rif­ic vehi­cle – sav­ing lives in Afghanistan,” Mr Clare said. 

“These ambu­lances pro­vide blast and bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion. That means pro­tec­tion from bul­lets and artillery fired at the vehi­cle as well as road­side bombs. 

“This gives patients, para­medics and dri­vers bet­ter pro­tec­tion in high threat environments.” 

Mr Clare said the Bush­mas­ter ambu­lances are fit­ted with the lat­est in med­ical equipment. 

“The Bush­mas­ter ambu­lance can trans­port two stretchered patients, or one stretchered and four seat­ed patients, at the one time,” Mr Clare said. 

The vehi­cles will be ready for oper­a­tional ser­vice after per­son­nel have com­plet­ed their train­ing and med­ical fit-out has been finished. 

Mem­ber for Blair Shayne Neu­mann said that RAAF per­son­nel would be trained to use the vehi­cle and its equip­ment in all conditions. 

“It’s impor­tant that both dri­vers and para­medics can use the vehi­cle con­fi­dent­ly and safe­ly before they are used in oper­a­tions,” Mr Neu­mann said. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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