Daimler Buses has converted an inter-city vehicle for the transport of Covid-19 patients at its plant in Neu-Ulm.

The Mercedes-Benz Citaro is to be used by DRK-Rettungsdienst Heidenheim-Ulm (German Red Cross Emergency Medical Services Heidenheim-Ulm).

The vehicle is a loan; initially it will be available to the German Red Cross (DRK) for a period of six months. The joint project is supported by the University Hospital in Ulm, which is providing the specialised medical staff. SWU Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu-Ulm GmbH (public utility company) is also on board the project and is providing drivers and maintenance personnel.

“Among other professions, it is currently the staff in hospitals and care facilities who are working steadfastly and who particularly deserve our respect,” said Daimler Buses head, Till Oberwörder.

“Therefore, I am delighted we are able to support the DRK by supplying transportation capacity. As a bus manufacturer, we want to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level.

“A diverse range of activities at the Neu-Ulm plant show that there are good initiatives and strategies from our colleagues even now.”

A team of 12 employees from bus production in Neu-Ulm converted the bus to a high-capacity critical care ambulance in 15 working days. Both the conversion and the supply of the medical equipment were completed in close co-operation with DRK-Rettungsdienst Heidenheim-Ulm.

“The high-capacity critical care ambulance puts DRK-Rettungsdienst Heidenheim-Ulm and the doctors from Ulm’s University Hospital in a position to efficiently relieve hospitals where intensive care beds are in short supply,” said DRK-Rettungsdienst MD, David Richter.

“And not only in the Ulm/Neu-Ulm area but in other regions and states.”