Ford’s specialist blue light team keeps emergency fleets mobile
Ford Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) in Essex is continuing to provide essential support to the nation’s blue light fleets as they battle the coronavirus.
Ford SVP works with 52 police forces, 53 fire and rescue services, 14 NHS ambulance trusts and the RNLI and Coastguard, and while physical operations at its Colchester site are currently closed, remote support continues to be offered to all emergency service customers – backed by more than 130 emergency service contracts across the UK.
Terry Adams, direct sales manager at Ford SVP, said: “Ford has a long history of working with emergency services spanning over 50 years, so it’s important that we continue our successful relationship more than ever at this time.
“We are still working, albeit as a support service, working remotely from home. As direct sales manager to blue light customers, I am supported by engineers and the administration team at SVP. Our facility in Colchester carrying out vehicle conversions had to close temporarily. This was primarily to protect the workforce, but also the supply chain into SVP was becoming more and more constrained.”
It’s continuing to offer general day-to-day support, including dealing with enquiries for quotations, vehicle orders and warranty issues.
Adams added: “For completed vehicles, we have offered a collection service from SVP, with customers coming from Lancashire, Cheshire and South Wales to pick up vehicles needed to bolster strained fleets.
“As part of our Covid-19 support package, we have also offered to all our emergency service customers the use of our short-term demonstration fleet for extended periods. This has been well received by many of the NHS ambulance fleets who are stretched in moving staff around to call centres and ambulance stations.”