Patients in Cumbria have been praised for raising more than £30,000 to buy a Land Rover Discovery to keep a voluntary medical service on the road.
The service deals with about 200 cases a year
The Penrith Beep Fund was set up by a group of GPs who were worried that rural patients were waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance to come from Carlisle.
The service sends on-call doctors to treat patients involved in road crashes until paramedics arrive.
Now the fund's chairman, Dr Theo Weston, is hoping for more cash.
Dr Weston and five other doctors give up their spare time to be on-call, including at weekends and in the evenings, to run the service.
They have to raise money to keep the service running and have recently applied for £30,000 a year from North Cumbria Primary Care Trust to help meet costs.
They are called to every road accident to assist paramedics, but in one in five cases they arrive at the scene before the ambulance crew.
Dr Weston said: "On average we deal with about 200 cases a year which works out roughly at being called out every other day, so we believe it is a valuable service.
"We have applied for funding from the primary care trust but have not heard if we have been successful.
"But we have been very fortunate because of the enormously generous people of Penrith."
The service is called out to all road traffic crashes and other emergencies such as farming accidents.
Dr Weston added: "We complement the paramedics but with our extended training we can often go beyond what they can do at the roadside."