08 MARCH 2018 / The Delivery of the Vehicles to EKAV’s Branches across Greece to be Completed in a Few Days

As part of its Initiative against the Greek crisis, and in addition to its regular grant-making activity, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced in April, 2017, a grant to the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV), totaling €14 million, which entails the procurement of 143 state-of-the-art and fully equipped ambulances, as well as their full service and maintenance for a period of 8 years.

So far, the complete fleet of ambulances has been delivered to EKAV, while since January 2018, 101 vehicles have been distributed for operation, in successive phases, to EKAV’s branches across Greece. In addition, EKAV crew members have also been trained in the operation of the new vehicles.

Specifically, the SNF grant entails the delivery of 65 conventional ambulances, 22 mobile medical units, 6 of which cover the needs of air ambulance services with specialized equipment for newborns, 26 4x4 ambulances and 30 low-volume vehicles.

The new vehicles will cover the meeting of the basic need for open access in matters of secondary and tertiary care for all the residents of the country. Specifically, vehicles have been delivered so far to EKAV’s branches of Attica, Central Macedonia, Thessaly, Central Greece, Western Greece, Alexandroupolis, Ioannina, Tripoli and Heraklion, Crete.

Through its grant, the SNF has also supported the digital upgrade of EKAV’s Operations Center in Attica which receives more than 1,700,000 calls annually (EKAV 2016 data). The operations center consists of the electronic incident management application and the ambulance telematics tracking application. The upgrade includes the management of 200 fast response vehicles, operating in the Attica region, thus providing the possibility of improving response time by 25 percent. Furthermore, the grant has supported the expansion of the Thessaloniki Center’s existing system within the Attica Operations Center.