Ford is continuing its support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) by supplying the charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of Britain and Ireland with 20 new four-wheel-drive Ford Rangers to support beach patrols across the UK.
Ford will ship a total of 210 new vehicles to the RNLI by the end of this year, followed by a further 150 in 2020 and again in 2021 – including a total of 100 Ford Rangers to act as beach patrol vehicles for its lifeguard service.
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and 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 coast line safe. We’re really excited to see our Ford Ranger being used as part of their vital beach patrols.”
Ford says it takes its social responsibility as an industry leader, employer and charity supporter seriously. 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.