Mosgiel's new ambulance in the Dunedin Santa Parade at the weekend. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A new ambulance has been turning heads in Mosgiel.
The ambulance painted bright yellow and green is the first of
a new breed of ambulances to join St John in Dunedin.
Along with a new colour, the new St John ambulances feature
green and yellow fluorescent panels arranged in a
''battenberg'' design and additional reflective signage.
''We are doing everything we can to be noticed more,''
Mosgiel St John station manager John Baker told Taieri
The new ambulance arrived in Mosgiel last Wednesday, and had
been getting a few long looks as it went around Mosgiel to
aid of people in need.
The new ambulances replace older ones with more mileage, and
it was a matter of timing that Mosgiel was in line for a new
ambulance first, Mr Baker said.
A similar one is due in central Dunedin in the next month.
The new ambulance was great to work from, with extra access
at the back left side of the vehicles and new, brighter,
St John's ambulance makeover was announced in May.
There are no plans to repaint its 500 ambulances, but each of
the 40 new ambulances issued each year from now will be in
the new colours.
Paint and fluorescent panels for the two ambulances cost
Future ambulances would get the same colour treatment at half
of that cost.
Ambulances cost an estimated $150,000 each, and an additional
$50,000 to be fitted with medical equipment.
St John said at the time the changes were done to increase
road safety for the public, patients and the St John
The yellow paint was easily seen in low light, and visible to
the colour blind.
New green frontline uniforms are expected to be introduced
early next year.