The paramedic service's Victorian division has ordered a fleet of 40 Crafter vans that have been converted to transport patients.
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The Volkswagen Crafter has recently been handed its medical licence by St John Ambulance in Victoria, as the company expands its range of service vehicles in Australia.

A fleet of 40 customised Crafters have been ordered for the 'patient transport fleet', including a mix of MWB FWD 340TDI and MWB FWD 410TDI variants.

Volkswagen Australia collaborated with its dealer partner, Ringwood Volkswagen in Victoria's east, on "modifying the Crafter's systems to provide the necessary functions of an operating ambulance", including fitting and programming an integrated electric system.

The vans were also fitted with factory-approved options like suspension seats, dual doors, additional air-conditioning systems, a lowered floor, and secondary battery.

From there, the Crafters were modified for patient transport by ambulance converters Amtek Australia and Mader International.

"Value, drivetrain reliability and the ability to custom-design a vehicle configuration to suit our operational needs are just some of the factors that influenced our decision to source the new Volkswagen Crafter for our patient transport sector," said Peter Ayres, chief operating officer for St John Ambulance Australia (Vic).

The St John Ambulance Crafters are already in service in Victoria, with the organisation set to expand its fleet of Volkswagens in 2020.