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SEVENTY Ford Transit frontline ambulances, equipped with Wadham Stringer's new Pioneer Modular Interchangeable Ambulance Body (MIAB) have entered service with Trent Regional Health Authority.
The MIAB system is designed to give ambulance operators maximum use from specialist bodies which can be transferred to new chassis when vehicles are due for replacement.
The fully insulated Pioneer body is clad with glass-reinforced plastic inner and outer panels and has a steel frame offering full rollover protection.
Each Pioneer unit has its own base frame and is fixed to a light vehicle chassis with conventional body mounting brackets Specially designed screwjacks allow the body to be removed in under two hours.
Total weight for a fullyequipped Pioneer ambulance body is 2,840kg (55.9cwt). Communications between the body and cab are provided by simple snap-in electrical connections.