The automatic Vehicle Locator System (VLS) is now the recognised way to track and mobilise BASICS Scotland Responders associated with the three Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Ambulance Control Centres (ACC).
VLS combines Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and mobile phone technologies to create a visible reminder to the ACCs of the availability and location of the nearest BASICS Scotland Responder trained to assist the SAS in Category A 999 ambulance calls
BASICS Scotland with the financial support of The Sandpiper Trust are currently providing VLS units to volunteer Responders who have completed a pre-hospital training course and are in possession of a Sandpiper Trust equipment bag and defibrillator
VLS units are allocated in discussion with the SAS to improve pre hospital care provision in remote and rural Scotland
Presently there are 65 VLS units throughout Scotland with more being required on a regular basis. The existing VLS unit is contained in a smartphone which is modified by Terrafix under contract for communications systems within the SAS.Linked to a GPS this becomes a personal locator for the BASICS Responder tracked by their ACC ensuring all resources local to an incident are immediately available.
Vehicle Distribution Map
The map below displays the distribution of vehicles.