General Motors South Africa recently handed over the keys to what they call the “HUMMER extreme rescue vehicle” to a privately run medical events company known as Medical Management Consultancy (MMC). The reflective “star of life” emblem on the sides and the red L.E.D. lights on the roof of this HUMMER H3 leave no doubt about this vehicle’s purpose.
MMC is an event management company that provides emergency medical rescue at most major motoring events in South Africa including F1 power boat racing. From next year MMC will also be present at the A1 Grand Prix and the Motor GP which will likely be held at Kyalami.
“HUMMER has long been the poster child for big egos and environmentally damaging vehicles. What most people don’t know however is that the HUMMER H3 performs exceptionally well in terms of its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions statistics within its competitive set. We have also been working to preserve the environment through our HUMMER owner driver training programme which teaches HUMMER owners about responsible off-road driving,” says HUMMER brand manager Bob Smith.
The HUMMER extreme rescue vehicle boasts all the legendary HUMMER abilities plus a few modifications to make it the ultimate rescue vehicle.
This special H3 features larger 305 profile tyres fitted to the standard HUMMER H3 wheels; it also has a twelve and a half ton winch with a wireless control unit.
An extreme rescue vehicle needs extreme rescue lights, so this HUMMER is fitted with a state of the art third generation LED light system which is super efficient and extremely bright.
The HUMMER’s first challenge will be to provide emergency medical services at the Ski Championships held at the Tiffindel Ski Resort which sits at an altitude of 2720 m above sea level just under the highest peak in the Cape, Ben McDui at 3001m straddling the Lesotho and RSA border.
“We are extremely proud of this fantastic vehicle, and we hope that MMC don’t have to use it too much, but if called upon we are sure that no matter the terrain, this H3 will prove to be a real life saver” says a proud Bob Smith.
MMC’s Rolf Schana taking delivery of the HUMMER extreme rescue vehicle from Bob Smith, brand manager for HUMMER