Shaping E-zec’s fleet of the future with Venari

E-zec Medical fleet and ambulance crews visit Venari

As part of its vision for the future, which involves fully harnessing the skills, enthusiasm and passion of all of its colleagues, in July 2022 E-zec assembled a group of volunteers from across the business including colleagues from fleet, ambulance care assistants and key stakeholders. This Vehicle Specification Steering Group‘s first stop was a visit to Venari in Goole to consult with them about the development and build of E-zec’s new ambulances. The meeting included a tour of the factory and production line to help the team to understand the process of converting a base light commercial vehicle into an ambulance. Patient transport equipment and resource specialist Ferno also attended and ran a demonstration session of all the various equipment that they currently have available.

The result of the meeting and all the great ideas, comments and feedback given by the group, was that Venari are working with E-zec’s fleet team, lead by Mark Vardon, to develop an industry-leading ambulance for the future.

Head of Fleet Mark Vardon said after the steering group’s visit: “We Listen, We Learn, We Adapt! This was a great opportunity for our road-based colleagues to voice their opinion on our plans for the E-zec fleet of the future. I would like to thank all of the steering group for their time and invaluable input. I would also like to thank Oliver North – CEO at Venari – and his team for their hospitality and making the E-zec team feel so welcome on the day. Also thanks to Trust Ford, Ford Fleet Management and Ferno for their support.”

E-zec’s Environmental Strategy: Updated

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One of E-zec’s core values is Committed to Care, which extends beyond looking after our patients to encompass our colleagues, our communities and our planet. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to formally announce the next phase of our Sustainable Development Management Plan that commenced in 2015.

Our strategy actively supports NHS plans to reach net zero by 2040, seeks to eliminate activities that cause environment damage and to actively encourage measures to improve the environment we live in. The focus of our strategy for the next 12 months will be on five key areas:

  • Transition to a paperless working environment  through the use of technology
  • Eliminate all water pollutants as a bi-product of ambulance cleaning through the introduction of non-toxic biocides
  • Reduce energy consumption across all of our offices and operational hubs and transition to green energy sources
  • Actively start to eliminate harmful emissions from our fleet of ambulances and wider business travel
  • Support and incentivise our supply chain to encourage and support a similar focus on environmental sustainability

As a business E-zec drives over 12 million miles a year and as a result our strategy has a particular focus on reducing emissions from our fleet. To support our aims, we are delighted to confirm that we will be working in partnership with Trust Ford and the Venari Group to support our fleet replacement strategy. This will see the introduction of EV and Hybrid ambulances this year and will see our entire fleet replaced by 2029.

Recognising that our replacement programme will take time we are also committing to offset all carbon emissions generated from our fleet from August 2022 and are actively looking to harness the latest technology to reduce emission through improved driving standards.

E-zec’s CEO Craig Smith had this to say about its environmental strategy: “I am delighted to be able to announce these updates to our environmental strategy. Being Committed to Care is a core value for our business and this strategy outlines our commitment to the planet. We have a lot of work to do but we now have a clear plan and I am delighted to be able to work with Ford and Venari to start the journey of our fleet replacement strategy.”