The Manitoba government will purchase 65 replacement ambulances as part of efforts to modernize its fleet.
The tender sets out the specifications for the new ambulances, including requirements for construction, materials and workmanship. In addition, the tender requests that vendors submit proposals for a suspension system that enhances ride quality.
Once the tender is awarded, the successful vendor will begin building. It is anticipated that the new ambulances will be delivered and placed in all five provincial health regions later this year.
Estimated costs are not being released at this time to ensure the tendering process is not affected.
The investment builds upon the work underway to implement recommendations of the 2013 EMS System Review. This includes a $5 million annual investment in 60 full-time paramedic positions throughout rural Manitoba, to reduce Manitoba’s reliance on on-call staffing. These new full-time positions, 35 of which have been filled, will ensure ambulances are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Every day, paramedics take life-saving care directly to hundreds of patients, responding to 911 calls as well as transporting patients to and between hospitals and other care facilities,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. “This significant investment will ensure our paramedics continue to have the right equipment to support the excellent care they provide to Manitobans.”