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£8m emergency vehicles fleet for West Midlands Ambulance Service

An £8m fleet of new emergency vehicles has been delivered to the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).

They include 74 frontline ambulances and 30 4x4 rapid response cars.

Craig Cooke, from WMAS, said: "Our aim is to replace ageing vehicles and, in addition, to support our work on increasing ambulance capacity."

For the first time all the vehicles in the "core emergency fleet" will be under five years old, a spokesman said.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the new ambulances will be more environmentally friendly, featuring "the latest innovations in fuel economy and low emissions".

The service currently has more than 300 ambulances and 200 rapid response vehicles.

They cover an area of more than 5,000 square miles in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country conurbation.

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