Craig Cooke, the ambulance service’s Support Services Director, said: “The new vehicles will mean that for the first time we will have a full size ambulance with 4×4 capabilities.

“This investment in new vehicles will help us provide high quality clinical services to people who suffer serious injuries or medical conditions when they are out and about on uneven and difficult to access terrain.

“This should improve the comfort and care to patients and offer a much better working environment for our staff.”

The ambulance service currently has over 300 two-wheel drive ambulances and 200 rapid response cars.

One new 4×4 vehicle will be based at each of the 16 ambulance hubs around the region. Closest to Stratford-upon-avon are the Warwick and Coventry hubs.

WMAS take up to 3,000 emergency ‘999’ calls a day and employ approximately 4,000 staff.

Eeach year they respond to more than 800,000 emergency and urgent incidents and complete approximately 700,000 non-emergency patient journeys.

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