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North West Ambulance Service rapid responders get to grips with Michelin tyres

North West Ambulance Service rapid responders get to grips with Michelin tyres

Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres are helping the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust save money and boost mobility, after the organisation selected the unique summer tyre with winter capabilities for its 160-strong ‘rapid response’ paramedic fleet.  

By rolling-out CrossClimate+ tyres on its mixed fleet of Škoda Octavia and Volkswagen Passat rapid response vehicles, the service said it was benefitting from the Michelin fitments’ year-round reputation for performance, safety, longevity and durability.  

Andy Pritchard, North West Ambulance Service fleet engineer - operations, said: “Our priority is to get to the patient as soon as we get the call. It doesn’t matter if there’s a blizzard, high winds, or torrents of rain - with lives at stake, safe mobility is key. With this change to our tyre policy, we can deliver rapid, expert, lifesaving care wherever it’s required.”  

The Trust’s rapid response fleet previously fitted Michelin winter tyres year-round, which was a compromise on wear and performance during summer months. By switching to CrossClimate+, the fleet’s tyres will last longer before replacement, which will in turn help to drive down fleet running costs.  

Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres are claimed to offer the benefits of a summer tyre for dry or wet braking, total mileage and energy efficiency, while also boasting the traction and braking performance of a winter tyre.  

The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers approximately 5,400 square miles of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, operating from 109 ambulance stations, and attending more than 952,000 incidents each year.  

Mr Pritchard added: “Our fleet covers a diverse territory, from the Cumbrian hills to the city streets of Manchester, so we need tyres that will help us get to the patient, whatever the weather and road condition, as quickly and safely as possible.”  

The service’s 1,042-strong fleet of mainline ambulances and patient transport vehicles also rolls on Michelin tyres, with tyres fitted exclusively by service provider ATS Euromaster.