SNF to bol­ster EKAV’s am­bu­lance fleet

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The Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion (SNF) has an­nounced that it will do­nate 143 ve­hi­cles to the EKAV am­bu­lance ser­vice by the end of the year. The 14-mil­lion-euro ini­tia­tive will also cover main­te­nance costs for eight years and the dig­i­tal up­grade of the EKAV tele­phone cen­ter.

More specif­i­cally, the do­na­tion will in­clude 65 con­ven­tional am­bu­lances, 22 mo­bile med­i­cal units, 26 four-wheel drive am­bu­lances and 30 smaller ve­hi­cles. The ini­tia­tive will mod­ern­ize 22 per­cent of EKAV’s cur­rent fleet, which cur­rently con­sists of 650 am­bu­lances and mo­bile units, most of which are aged. In Athens, 84 per­cent of the am­bu­lances are aged be­tween 10 and 15 years. The new am­bu­lances will be al­lo­cated ac­cord­ing to the needs in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to SNF Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Yian­nis Zer­vakis, al­most half of the am­bu­lances will be avail­able by Septem­ber, with the rest in Novem­ber. The ini­tia­tive was de­cide last year as part of the SNF’s Ini­tia­tive Against the Greek Cri­sis. EKAV Pres­i­dent Kon­santi­nos Karakat­sianopou­los said the up­grade of the tele­phone cen­ter is of “strate­gic im­por­tance,” as it ex­pected to dras­ti­cally in­crease ef­fi­ciency. The EKAV tele­phone cen­ter in Athens cur­rently re­ceives 1.7 mil­lion calls an­nu­ally but the lack of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has had a neg­a­tive im­pact on re­sponse times as work­ers are forced to man­u­ally in­put data.

A wreath sent by Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los is seen in Larissa, cen­tral Greece, yes­ter­day, at the fu­neral of First Lieu­tenant Con­stanti­nos Hatzis, one of four army of­fi­cers killed in a he­li­copter crash on Wed­nes­day.

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