Ford has supplied the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, with 20 new four-wheel-drive Ford Rangers to support beach patrols across the country, as part of their ongoing partnership.
The 20 Rangers are part of a total of 210 new vehicles that Ford will deliver to the RNLI by the end of 2019. This will be followed by a further 150 in 2020 and again in 2021 – including 100 Ford Rangers to act as beach patrol vehicles for its lifeguard service.
Andy Barratt, Ford’s managing director, said: “We’ve been delighted to supply vehicles to the RNLI this year and support the outstanding work they do to keep the UK coastline safe. We’re really excited to see our Ford Ranger being used as part of their vital beach patrols.”
In addition to supplying vehicles, Ford will be further collaborating with the RNLI throughout 2020 on water safety messages to raise public awareness of risks around the water to help people enjoy coastal and inland waterways more safely.
Nick Saunders, RNLI senior procurement manager, added: “We’re extremely happy with our new fleet of Ford vehicles that are so well-suited to carrying out our life-saving work. We warmly welcome the new Ford Ranger to join our beach patrols and look forward to further collaboration ahead.”
The 2019 fleet of RNLI Fords will include 10 Fiesta, 10 EcoSport, 80 Focus, 10 Kuga, 80 Transit, Transit Connect and Transit Customs plus the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), as well as 20 four-wheel-drive Rangers to be deployed on beach patrols.