Land Rover Experience, based at historic Eastnor Castle near Ledbury, has been thanked for loaning the emergency services some of its vehicles over the winter. The centre lent more than 24 vehicles to ambulance, Police and fire service across the West Midlands during the difficult weather conditions.
Two vehicles lent to Herefordshire police officers based at Hereford Police Station, a Range Rover Sport and a Land Rover Discovery, were recently returned to Land Rover Experience. 'While we have our own off-road vehicles, these two 4x4s proved to be an excellent addition to our fleet,' said Inspector Jim McLaughlin. He added that, 'They were not used as emergency response vehicles, but to ensure that we provided reassurance to our communities during the heavy snow and the thawing conditions. They enabled us to get to the most difficult areas where normal vehicle access would have been impossible.'
An example of this was when one of the Land Rover vehicles was used to locate a couple from London who broke down after becoming lost in a remote area near Ross-on-Wye. Jamie Warner, from Land Rover Experience, said, 'We are really pleased to be able to help the emergency services, these additional vehicles made a difference and were able to handle the bad weather conditions with ease.'