The Saoirse Foundation is an Irish charity working towards creating a better world for critically ill children all over Ireland. TechFit are currently working closely with The Saoirse Foundation to kit out a specially designed ambulance called the Bumbleance. This is the second Bumbleance to be worked on by TechFit and is being kitted out with state of art technology and control systems.
The Bumbleance is a modern interactive children’s ambulance service that transports critically ill children between home and national treatment centres, hospices and respite centres. The Bumbleance is the brainchild of Tony Heffernan, who along with his wife Mary founded The Saoirse Foundation in March 2010 after their late daughter Saoirse was diagnosed with Batten Disease and sadly passed away in January 2011.
After seeing the distress their late daughter experienced when being taken on many ambulance journeys to hospital, Tony set about creating a ‘child friendly’ emergency vehicle.
‘Our company (TechFit) usually focus on home automation systems. When Tony asked us to get involved in kitting out the ambulance, Cormac and I were just delighted,’ said Greg Clifford, Managing Director of TechFit. ‘The vehicle itself is a world first, as there is nothing like it in any other country. But it was a first for us as well, because we have never worked on fitting out a moving vehicle before!’
Designed to look like a bumblebee on the outside, the ambulance is fitted with the latest AV equipment inter-connected onboard via a Control4 system which allows the child to operate the 19-inch LED TV, DVD, iPad, Nubi, and Sony PlayStation console. It also has a full library of films, apps, e-books, music and games available, from the comfort of the latest Ferno stretcher.
‘The on-board dual channel WiFi allows internet browsing, social media engagement as well as Skype calls to be made to anywhere in the world,’ added Greg. ‘Members of the public can also message or tweet their best wishes to the child on-board, who can track their progress using satellite monitoring.’
The second Bumbleance is due to be launched in March 2015. Bumbleance has partnered with Lifeline Ambulance Service, which will provide paramedics for the transport service.
To read more about the wonderful work The Saoirse Foundation do, the Bumbleance service and to donate to this very worthy cause please click on the link below: