12 Ways to Save on your EMS Fleet Costs
We all know how difficult (and expensive) it can be to run an ambulance service with constant financial pressures coming at you from all angles, all conspiring to erode your already tightening bottom line. Let’s be honest too, it’s not just financial headaches that pop up on an all-too frequent basis, what with compliance and regulations, shortages of skilled staff to contend with and COVID to top it all off, time has now become a scarce commodity for many EMS fleet managers up and down the breadth of the country.
But there is hope, with the arrival of the modern digital age and pioneering new technologies, there are now a huge multitude of tools available to EMS services like yours designed to make your complex tasks a whole lot easier, saving you money and time in the process.
To give you some useful insight, we have compiled a list of the top 12 ways our clients are able to save time and money managing their EMS fleet.
1. Save on Fuel Costs
We start the list with a heavy-hitter in terms of fleet costs. Vehicle fuel costs can account for as much as 60% of a fleet’s total operating budget, so anything that improves efficiency and reduces your fuel consumption is immediately a huge win. There are generally a few options that are available, however it is important to note that most of these solutions are not developed with the unique requirements of EMS in mind. Indeed, with the variety of additional critical equipment and power requirements that are unique within the ambulance environment, it is important to opt for one designed specifically for emergency services vehicles. Options outside of the Emergency Services remit can provide a false economy and often prove damaging as they are quite simply not able to take into consideration the additional needs of your emergency equipment and supplies within the vehicle environment. This can lead to patient compartment temperature fluctuations which can lead to spoiling of medications – IV fluids, and some supplies. In addition, batteries that power your emergency medical devices may also be adversely affected, which could reduce their lifespan.
ACETECH ECO-Run is an award winning, EMS-focused product that allows vehicles to automatically shut down the engine when needed, reducing unnecessary idling while monitoring battery power levels and ambient patient compartment temperatures. If the battery power levels or patient compartment temperatures fall out of normal operating ranges, ACETECH ECO-Run will automatically start the engine to normalize those ranges. Once back into normal ranges, the system will shut down the engine once more.
2. Get FREE Electricity
Quite often this sounds too good to be true, but it really is the case with augmented sources of power, especially those from renewable sources such as solar power. With recent advancements in solar technology it is now possible to tap into a free and potentially unlimited source of energy. The added benefits of adding solar to your fleet go far beyond the obvious cost savings on your other sources of power, and now it is possible to not just have it augmenting your energy supply at your base, with on-vehicle solar panels now becoming the go-to place for ambulance services with plenty of rooftop real-estate to help power your fleet.
ACETECH SOLAR provides extremely lightweight, flexible and durable polycrystalline solar cells that are completely waterproof, can contour to the curves of most vehicle roofs and provides immediate and enhanced benefits such as reducing engine idle and fuel consumption, improved vehicle availability with less need for shoreline connections, always-on charging, reducing critical battery replacements, reducing carbon emissions and contributing to a greener environment just some of the many benefits.
3. Minimize Risk of Loss and Theft
The cost of an ambulance and key medical items including life-saving equipment is understandably very high due to the specialist nature of the equipment and their critical function. Keeping this equipment safe from theft, fully functioning and in the right place at the right time are the three main challenges emergency crews face every day – as well as saving lives, of course. Emergency Medical Services are called out to multiple locations each day to help those in need. Speedy response, assessment and stabilization of the patient are the first priority, so it’s understandable that it can be difficult to keep track of essential assets during those very pressurized situations.
Unfortunately, theft can also be a major issue.
When critical equipment goes missing from emergency service vehicles, the impact on outcomes and staff can be catastrophic. So, how do we help fleet managers to ensure this never happens?
ACETECH Asset Intelligence uses RFID technology and intelligent software to provide live visibility of your equipment both in-store and in-vehicle, even when your vehicles are on the road. Locate, track and search in real time so your valuable assets are always visible and efficiently managed and utilized. Receive real-time alerts both from the cloud and in-vehicle if equipment is missing or needs maintenance, improving safety and ensuring compliance while saving you much needed time and money.
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