WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is going shopping for 65 new ambulances to help modernize the province’s medical transport fleet.
The replacement ambulances will be staffed 24/7 as part of a $5 million investment in 60 full-time paramedic positions in rural Manitoba. Thirty-five of the positions have already been filled.
“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.”
The ambulance tender includes requirements for construction, materials and workmanship. In addition, the province is asking vendors to submit proposals for a suspension system that enhances ride quality.
It’s expected the full fleet will be delivered and placed in all five health regions later this year.
Costs are not being released as the tender process remains open.