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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

What Emergency vehicles (Ambulance, Police and Fire) are in operation in your region. In Wellington, New Zealand the Ambulance service, is the only FREE Ambulance service in the southern hemsphere

Wellington Free Ambulance

Kapiti EMS-operated in conjunction with Wellington Free Ambulance

Fire Service

Police Service

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User currently offlineYVR2SAN From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

In San Diego County there are various fire and police departments as well as the sheriff, depends what city your in as to what fire and police cover the area.

As for ambulance companies I know of AMR, then there is Rural Metro which provides the paramedic services for the City of San Diego, then some smaller ones such as Care, Stat and a few others.

None of the ambulance services are free, all cost a pretty penny to use be it paid out of pocket or through insurance.

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2168 times:

Here in Pima County, Arizona most of the fire/rescue services are provided by Rural Metro Fire Department (Tucson, Oro Valley and part of Marana). Only exceptions I can think of offhand are Golder Ranch Fire Department and Northwest Fire District. As for private ambulance services, there is Southwest Ambulance. I don't think we have AMR here.

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User currently offlineJetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1232 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

Hey 777ER!
Your thread is just off mine about police cars in your region! That's okay. Here in Severna Park, MD we are serviced by the Anne Arundel County Police for security. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department does both fire protection and medical services.

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User currently offlineOpsGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

Here in New Jersey we have mostly all volunteer Fire and EMS. However the bigger cities like Newark, and Jersey City, have paid Fire/EMS. I have been on a Rescue Squad for the past 6 years and I am a certified Heavy Rescue Technician. We provide free EMS/Rescue services to three towns and currently operate 6 Ambulances, 1 First Response unit and a Rescue Truck out of two buildings.


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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

In Eire we have the same vehicles as in the UK, the Ford Mondeos for fire chiefs, Dennis/Volvo trucks and Ford Transit ambulances (for the most).


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User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

In Stockholm (and most parts of Sweden) the police has Volvo (V70) or SAAB (9-5). Even the cars they use when they are under cover (not painted cars) are Volvo, but older models like the S70 or 850. For transport of larger "troops" they use Chevrolet or Ford mini vans. I don't know what kind of helicopters they use.

The ambulances are mostly based on Mercedes E-class. They used to mix it with Volvo-based ambulances, but they had some problem with them. In the newspaper today I red that Stockholm is getting new ambulances based on Mercedes mini vans (perhaps Mercedes Vito?).

The fire trucks are Volvo or Scania

/SK A340

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Yeah, we have free ambulances here in AKL too  Big grin

User currently offline707cMf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

In France :

FD vehicles are often ued as emergency vehicles (drivers are quite well trained and can arrive at the place of the accident very fast)
SAMU and SMUR are official medical emergency vehicles
A lot of private company operate Ambulances but they are not deemed emergency vehicles (they are mostly used for ill people transfert) and do not get right of way on the road.

Dragon XX are also the Medevac helicopters.



User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Yeah, we have free ambulances here in AKL too Please explain ZKSUJ

User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Being a volunteer firefighter, it's cool seeing those links to other countries equipment. I always thought those trucks looked so much weirder that US stuff. Plus the European siren...BEE BOO BEE BOO ,  Smile

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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Sorry for the second post, here's a link to some of my area's equipment. Pittsburgh, Pa and Allegheny county. The first few are my company's equipment, Munhall VFC #5


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14138 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2044 times:

In Germany fire service is usually a communal responsibility. Big cities have mostly professional fire fighters (who often also run ambulances), while small towns or villages mostly have volunteers with a beeper in their pocket (in the old days they were called by siren), who will drop everything they are doing and run to the fire house in case of an emergency (they have to live / work within 3 minutes distance from their fire station).
Equipment varies due to each community buying for itself, though there exist equipment standards.
Big companies often have fire services of their own, which are primarely for the company, but are integrated in the local community disaster plan in case of a bigger disaster.
Ambulances are also run by the Red Cross, St. John´s, the Order of Malta (both of them affiliated to the Protestant, respectively Catholic churches) and the Worker´s Samaritarian Organisation (founded in early 20th century by some house carpenters, who witnessed a bad accident at work and went to a doctor to get trained in first aid and to set up an ambulance service for work related accidents, not affiliated to any religious group or the, at this time, mostly aristocrat Red Cross. These ambulance services have often contracts with smaller communities, which can´t afford to run an ambulance service of their own.

Then there exists the federal department of Civil Defense as a part of the department of the interior.
The biggest organsiation is the Technisches Hilfswerk (Technical Aid Service), with about 10.000 volunteers all over Germany. This organisation was originaly founded to help after air raids (digging out people from collapsed buildings) and has platoon and company sized units based all over the country. The vehicles look like fire engine, but are painted blue.
Other jobs of this organisation are repairing damaged infrastructure (roads, water, sewage, gas, electricity), building pontoon bridges and ferries, communications, NBC decontamination and other big disaster related tasks. These units often have heavy equipment as well (cranes, diggers, heavy trucks). I used to be a member of one of these units for about 20 years. Imagine military engineers without the guns.


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

The order of St John is also in New Zealand. The patients have to pay for their service. St John is based everywhere in New Zealand except Wellington

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

Sorry man, just mucking around in the above thread.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Your forgiven. Please don't tell me that you were bored when you said that

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

I was trying to be scarcastic becasue you said WLG had free stuff.
I wasn't bored coz I was on ANET Big grin

User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5743 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

EMS in my hometown, Hradec Kralove, is provided by the regional government, and the police (air rescue).

They use Mercedes Sprinters and VW Transporters:


their web also includes pictures of historic emergency vehicles, which I find more interesting than the current ones, which are just like anywhere else:

Laurin & Klement, used in 1926

Škoda 645 (6-cylinder, 2490cm3, 33kW), used 1931-1938

Tatra 30 (4-cylinder, 1680cm3, 19kW, used 1935-1942

Praga Lady, 1660 cm3, 25 kW, used 1942-1947

Buick Eight (8-cylinder, 5200ccm, 121kW, used 1947-1952

Škoda 1201, used in 1950s

Škoda 1203, 4-cylinder 1221 cm3, 31,6 kW, used in 1970s and 1980s

RAF Latvija, 4-cylinder 2445 cm3 63 kW, used 1985-1990

Renault Master, used in early 1990s

Fiat Ducato, 1993

Ford Transit, 1994

emergency vehicles, specially designed for transport of newborn babies (fitted with portable incubator):
Tatra 613, early 1990s

Ford Transit, 1993-2001

Renault Master, 2001-present


PZL-Swidnik Mi-2, 1990
(on site of the Aeroflot's Tu-154M (CCCP-85664) crash, 18.11.1990)

MBB / Kawasaki BK-117, 1994

MBB Bo-105, 1995-2003
(B-5292 crashed in 8/1999 during water rescue training exercise, 2 fatalities)

EC-135, 2003-present

Some pictures of other emergency vehicles used elswhere in the Czech Republic (pictures mainly from Prague). MB Sprinter and VW Transporter is the most frequent type of vans used for ambulance cars:










User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Ahhh the advantages of living in Wellington

User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

This link will provide you with pictures and discriptions of most FD Apparatus for most towns in the states of MA, ME, NH, RI, CT and VT. Very large database.


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User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1039 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Hello all,

I am an volunteer EMT in NJ and MD. I live in Iselin, NJ which belongs to Woodbridge Twp. Anyways, I am an EMT volunteer for the local squad. We operate under so called "third party billing", which mean that we do not bill and when people do not pay we are not going after them. I know that it sounds bad that we charge people, but our town does not provide us with a lot of money and to run 6 ambulances, 2 rescue trucks in very busy area requires a lot of capital.

In MD, I am volunteer for Kent County Rescue Squad, located in Chestertown. We bill as well, but yet again we are not going after people if they are unable to pay.

Sometimes, when I am on call, and I see the situation, I do not care for thier insurance. I help, that is why I am here. However, I also work for Rural/Metro and there it is my job to get the insurance information. R/M provides EMS serives for many towns during the day.

We usually operate on Ford F350s. Type II and III. Type II is van, and Type III is a box. It is fun to drive them, and I love volunterring.

Andrej L

User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 918 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Around here both police and ambulance services are provided by the state (or contracted from an outside operator in case of some ambulance services, Falck for example).

Fire departments in cities are all run by the state, and in rural areas some are also state run but some are voluntary.

Police vehicles include mostly Ford Mondeo, Opel Astra/Vectra, Mazda 626 and other mid-class sedans plus MB Vito and similar minivans.

Ambulance services are mostly run using Ford Transits, VW Transporters (sometimes Caravelles) and MB Sprinters.

Fire departments provide relatively more interesting sight - in all larger cities there are new Scania trucks employed, but when you get out of the cities you'll end up seeing Scanias both old and new, older Volvos, a couple of MBs, DAF's and a whole fleet of ZiL's and GAZ's that have been here since the Soviet era ended.

SK A340,

I've always been curious, why are ambulances in Sweden usually based either on Volvo or MB regular cars with a rebuilt rear part, instead of vans or minivans? I've had the 'luck' of being treated in a MB Sprinter ambulance once and it seemed really small and tight, I can't imagine what it would be in an ambulance based on a regular station wagon.

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

Ambulances based on large automoblie platforms used to be the world standard. Perhaps the one vehicle that is iconic of American motorized ambulances is the Cadillac ambulance. They shared the same frame as the basic Cadillac hearse, which was factory made up until the termination of the ambulance line in the late 1970s. That came about with a change in federal standards that would make certification of a car-based ambulance much more difficult. In fact, the last Cadillac ambulance to be manufactured never saw a day of service. It was purchased by a physician as a collectible! Packard, Buick and many manufacturers other than Cadillac produced combination vehicles. Combination vehicles were designed and outfitted so that they could be operated as both ambulances and hearses. This made sense as many undertakers did double duty as ambulance services in early and mid twentieth century America.

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1841 times:
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The city provides the Emergency service(Romeoville, Joliet, Lockport, and Chicago). They vary from make and model but Chicago just got some new ambulances(From Ford like the other ones) that are like the ones the FDNY uses. They have this really loud siren, but the fire trucks are getting them. The suburbs have the heavy duty ones with the big front on them, I think Freightliner makes them. I like the heavy duty ones the Suburbs have cause they can take a lickin and still keep on tickin.

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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (9 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

I thought the New Zealand members would be interested in this.

Today while I was driving home along SH1 from visiting friends, I noticed several unmarked police cars.......but these unmarked cars were different cars (not the usual Holdens). I saw a Mazda6 Sport, Mitsubishi Diamante and a BMW, that had either pulled over someone or waiting for a speeding driver to go pass. My uncle who is a high profile Auckland Highway Patrol Officer has told me that the NZ Police are getting between 100 and 200 unmarked cars which will be split between the Mitsubishi Diamante GTVI, Mazda6 Sport, BMW, Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo and the Honda Accord V6. The new cars will be made more like the average New Zealand vehicle, ie: tinted windows, mags, big bores, twin exhausts, spoilers etc. The NZ Police are hiding all evidence that it is a police car. The aerials are being put in the boot or in the roof, the flashing lights that are in the front and back windows will either be removed or fixed INTO the boot or spoiler. Some cars will still have the flashing lights in the windows, but they will be LCD lights, instead of the current strobe lights. The stalker unit (This is the unit that picks up the speed of every passing car, every marked car or unmarked traffic car has one on their dash boards) is also being upgraded so that no Radar warning device will be able to sense that a police car is in the area.

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