As an emergency medical service technician, you want an ambulance that is going to get you to the scene of an accident as fast as possible, and the Ford Transit can do this for you. The seconds wasted in traffic, or other obstacles faced, can be a matter of life and death.
This is the biggest challenge facing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. The other challenge is the vehicle that they use to respond to emergency situations.
The ambulance is used to take medics to and from calls, deliver patients to hospitals and carry life-saving equipment — EMS would be nearly useless without ambulances – ambulances are their offices and they handle fragile goods (equipment and people) on a daily basis.
Things to consider when purchasing an ambulance
There are a number of standards required by the EMS when looking at an ambulance.
An ambulance should have an interior layout that allows the EMS provider to do their job safely. This includes the ability for a medic to administer care without removing their seatbelt and ensuring any harmful substances (bacteria, blood) are stored safely and securely away.
Safety of the overall structural integrity of the vehicle is also vital.
How does the ambulance handle in the worst weather conditions? Ensure that the patients, EMS providers and equipment are secure while driving in hazardous conditions, or when driving to an emergency. The vehicle should be built to deliver performance, structural strength with an all-terrain durability providing a safe and secure environment for both patients and attendants.
Size of vehicle
The size of the ambulance will depend on the need. Bigger ambulances cost more to operate, and are more difficult to handle in high traffic areas.
Manufacturer of vehicle
What is the manufacturer’s reputation in the industry and how well will they support the product from the time of purchase and during the next 10 years of its life?
A manufacturer who has longevity in the industry, a great service record and has led the industry in testing and innovation is the one to look at.
You want to create an ambulance that will be comfortable and have enough space for all the medical equipment and supplies. You want an efficient, well-designed interior that is ergonomically correct. The ability to customize the vehicle to your specifications is crucial.
Why does EMS choose the Ford Transit?
The Ford Transit can be tailored to the specifications required for an ambulance.
With a turbo diesel 2.2L TDCi engine, a choice of FWD, RWD or AWD drivetrain and gross vehicle weight of 3500, the Ford Transit is capable of handling any adverse road conditions while traveling to an emergency.
The Ford Transit includes the fitment of a stretcher, securing brackets, a bench seat, and equipment cabinets. It can also be customized to have intensive care equipment installed.
There is space to install the crucial life-saving equipment that is needed in an ambulance, with a maximum load space width of 1,775mm, and a length of 5,981mm. This extra space assists the EMS provider, as well as the patient, by giving them enough space to administer care while on route from the emergency. The Ford Transit is also designed to ensure the medics remain safely seated and restrained while administering the care.
Vital tools, such as IV equipment, oxygen, monitors and supply bags are available on the side of the cabin with quick-release mounts on a track system for easy and immediate access. This benefits the patients who need any extra life-saving equipment at an accident scene.
Standard features of the Ford Transit
The Ford Transit includes a large number of important features that come standard with the ambulance. Just a few of these are:
- Aluminium hygienic interior panels with noise and heat insulation
- Patient cabin partition wall with sliding window
- Patient area anti-bacterial, anti-slip floor
- IV hanger
- Overhead grab handle bar
- Oxygen therapy kit
- 12V DC power supply with power sockets
- Waste disposal bin
- Stretcher loading ramp
You can choose from a large range of optional features that will enable you to create an ambulance to your specifications. Some of these are:
- Wash basin with water tanks
- Digital touchscreen patient compartment control board
- Defibrillator (basic or advanced)
- Spinal immobilizer
- Portable oxygen therapy kit
- Two way mobile radio
- Stretcher platform
- Ventilator set
- Extrication collar
The Ford Transit can be customized, and specifications for a Ford Transit with an ambulance conversion can vary according to the requirements of the service provider.
Its contemporary design can be customized to individual requirements and it delivers just about everything health service providers require – durability and reliability at an affordable price.
See more about the Ford Transit here: https://www.rmagroup.net/product-offerings/ford-transit-ambulance/
RMAA vehicles are engineered to deliver performance, structural strength and all-terrain durability providing a safe and secure environment for both patients and attendants. The quality workmanship virtually eliminates unscheduled maintenance and repairs thereby minimizing operational costs. RMAA provides an exceptional selection of lifesaving equipment in its ERV’s and Ambulances, providing optimal patient care.
Ford Transit is the EMS’s first choice
If an EMS had a choice of an ambulance to use in an emergency, they would choose the Ford Transit.
They are the ones who are taking medics to accident sites, delivering patients to hospitals and carrying life-saving equipment. They know what makes for a good ambulance.