For most people, it’s not even a consideration. Seeing the back of a police or emergency vehicle is not something which anyone wants – and most people never have to endure it. Yet there are people who do have to be in the back of police vehicles everyday, namely police officers themselves. Making sure that the vehicles are kept clean and operational is vital for their work. It’s also important for their health and safety – and those of the people they arrest. In this blog, we’re going to shine a spotlight on the React Specialist Cleaning police emergency vehicle cleaning service.
A lot of vehicles to keep clean
According to government statistics, there are some 50,000 emergency vehicles across the UK. This figure is derived from Home Office information about delivering the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) critical communications system. ESN users include the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services as well as a range of other users stretching from local authorities and utility services to first responders like inshore rescue. Of these vehicles, it’s likely that around 5,000 are ambulances and a similar number are other emergency health vehicles such as smaller paramedic vehicles. We estimate that around 15,000 vehicles are those used by the police.
Police emergency vehicles come with a range of different functions, and a selection of different-sized vehicles. These include compact cars, powerful estate cars and armoured police carriers. Police vans are widely used across the UK and incorporate a cage to hold prisoners. Some British forces do not carry a prisoner in a police car, as most police cars have no barrier between the front and back seats to protect the officers. However, each police force has different policies on prisoner transportation. Some allow compliant prisoners to be transported in response cars, ensuring that one officer sits in the rear with the prisoner, and the prisoner sits behind the passenger seat.
Police emergency vehicle cleaning can be a messy business
Police emergency vehicles can be an unpleasant environment. Many of those arrested by the police will be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. As such, they may not be fully in control of their bodily functions. Moreover, some may have involved in altercations, which may have caused them to bleed.
We work with several police authorities and their contract service providers to ensure the
clean, safe and hygienic operation of their emergency vehicles. We use premium materials and proven procedures to ensure the vehicle is not only superficially clean, but also free from potential contaminants. An offender or patient may have been infected with C. difficile, Norovirus, E. coli, Hepatitis or HIV, ensuring the vehicle is safe for operational use as soon as possible.
Our team is highly trained, medically fit, well-equipped, security-cleared and inoculated to protect themselves from hazard. We operate to industry-leading standards including BS-EN-ISO 9001:2018. We are also a licensed waste carrier with a fully traceable waste disposal system. Indeed, we’re experts in hazardous and bio-hazardous waste removal and ISO14001 for Environmental Management.
Most people will never see the back of a police or emergency vehicle. But it’s important to remember that they are places of work for police officers. As such, it’s vital to keep them clean, not least to ensure the health and safety of officers on the ground. With React Specialist Cleaning, we can keep police officers and their charges safe from infection.
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Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sectors.