The Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC) has renewed its entire fleet of ambulances, made up of 378 units, 35 more than up to nowVehicles that will have state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment and communications and data transmission equipment will be deployed from this Thursday until April.
Some of these new units have been presented in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in an event attended by the Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo, and the Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security, Julio Pérez, as well as the manager from the Canary Islands Emergency Service and from the public company Gestión Sanitaria de Canarias, Elías Castro.
Castro indicated that the 378 units are new, of them 120 of basic and advanced life support (eleven more than until now) and 256 of non-urgent medical transport (twenty-four more).
The service has been awarded for an amount of 185 million euros until December 31, 2023, extendable until 2025, in which case the total amount would exceed 300 million euros.
It is a service appropriate to the health and technological demands of the 21st century, said Castro, who highlighted the great progress that vehicles incorporate in electromedicine, communications and fleet management.
Castro trusted that the economic improvement of the contest will allow progress in the medium term in solving labor problems in the companies that manage the ambulance service.
The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, indicated that the provisions for medical transport have increased by 10%, and this leads to an improvement in the technological level of ambulances.
The Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security, Julio Pérez, stressed the importance of the 112 emergency service having stability in the provision of ambulance services.
The first emergency ambulances will begin operating this Thursday in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and the rest of the islands will be added in the near future.
Tenerife will have 40 emergency ambulances, thirty of them for basic life support and ten for advanced life support, while in Gran Canaria there will be 44, of which 35 for basic life support and nine for advanced life support.
In Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma, nine emergency ambulances will be located on each island, seven of them for basic life support and two for advanced life support.
In La Gomera there will be six emergency ambulances, five for basic life support and one for advanced life support, and in El Hierro three, one of them for advanced life support.