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SOS Community & Safety Bus

Discussions were had with Medway Community Safety Partnership for an SOS Bus, and a single deck bus was supplied.

The bus will provide first aid and assistance for late night revellers in the Rochester on Friday and Saturday.

The front area was built with wipe clean walls plush seating, with storage areas under the seats.

There is sink with hot & cold water. The internal screen can show DVDs or be connected to a PC for presentations. There is also a screen that is viewable externally, that can do the same

The rear of the bus has a separate compartment with cupboards for storage and a medical couch. There are various items of medical equipment including a defibrilator and also another sink. There is an emergency roof exit that pushes out.


CVS Medway was a partner in the project to develop the 'Medway SOS Bus' from inception to launch and now have the responsibility of running it as a service for the community on a daily and nightly basis.

The project actually commissioned two vehicles: (1) the main vehicle, a bespoke conversion of a large single-decker bus with a reception area, a private consultation area and a fully equipped medical unit, and (2) a support vehicle, an eight-seat minibus with additional load space, wheel chair facility, and independent power supply.

Southeast Coachworks (SEC) were identified as the right partner for the development of both vehicles after an investigation of the market for vehicle conversion specialists and enquiries into the experience of other organisations that had run similar projects.

Thanks to the expertise of Chris Bichard and his staff at SEC, their attention to product quality and craftsmanship throughout the conversion process and their willingness to work to our timescales, CVS Medway took delivery of an end-product that was fit for purpose from day one, is giving sterling service to the community three months later and has every prospect of fulfilling its 'safe haven' and outreach purposes for many years.