The Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity has taken delivery of a new Kubota tractor.
The machine, gifted for two years by Wiltshire-based firm Howard & Sons, will be used to transport the fuel bowser around the ambulance base for refuelling the helicopter.
It will also aid in the upkeep of the charity’s land, with a mower attachment to cut the large FATO - final approach and take-off - area and the option for a snow plough in wintry conditions.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance ground base manager Richard Miller said: “We can’t thank Howard & Sons enough for their support with the gifting of this tractor, as well as taking care of its servicing.
“It will be a huge help to our team as we look to carry out our lifesaving service up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“We would also like to thank the Salisbury office of NFU Mutual for covering the insurance costs for the tractor during this period.”
Howard & Sons have been supplying tractors and farm machinery to the UK and export markets for over 25 years, and have been new Kubota main dealers for the Wiltshire & Somerset areas for the past three years.
Jason Howard from the firm said: “Wiltshire is an extremely rural area and we know the air ambulance is regularly called out to incidents on remote farm land and involving machinery.
“We wanted to play our small part and, having spoken to the staff at the airbase, it was felt this new Kubota tractor will be important for their work.”
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that relies on donations from the public. It costs £4m a year to keep the air ambulance flying, and the charity receives no regular direct funding from the Government or National Lottery grants.
Its website is www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk