Who's Who Of Ambulance Manufacturers
A host of Ambulance Manufacturers are available in the United States, offering Types I, II, and III vehicles for all possible situations. This article will discuss some of the many ambulance manufacturers whose output has been serving on American streets and country back roads for decades.
Medtec Ambulance Corporation is one of the more famous ambulance manufacturers. A subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under NYSE symbol OSK, they are a leading provider of custom emergency medical transport and rescue vehicles, all backed by a strong network of dedicated dealers. Medtec does remounts, and supplies Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet chasses, among others. They use diesel engines. McCoy Miller Limited Liability Corporation is based in Elkhart, Indiana, and provides both diesel and gasoline engines. In addition to Types I, II, and III vehicles, they manufacture min-medic, medium-duty, and mini-rescue ambulances. Many come with a medical stretcher. Remounts are available on Ford and General Motors chasses, as well as those of others. Demers Ambulances is a Canadian manufacturer of Types I, II, and III workhorses that are solid and reliable. They also offer both gas and diesel engines.
No one beats Wheeled Coach for reputation, however. This company is widely considered to be one of the world's largest ambulance manufacturers and related vehicles, with the largest chassis supply in the industry, as well as the most production capacity of anyone by far. National and international service organizations provide excellent customer care to local fire, medical, and other emergency response units. Wheeled Coach has recently earned the prestigious International Standards Organization certification of 9001:2000, which only further burnishes their already considerable fame.
When it comes to choosing one for purchase, good old, everyday, common consumer sense applies. Don't simply look at the bottom-line price, but look into esoteric such as spare parts, and even hard-to-quantify intangibles like dealer service and attitudes. Find out if the vehicle you want comes with a medical stretcher. After all, the support network available is what will keep a vehicle on the road in good working order. Ambulances easily rank among the most costly of any facility's capital expenditures, and for the years of service expected of them it really pays in the long run to assess each make and model carefully to ensure the choice that is right for you, your facility, and most importantly your patients. For example, consider the likely roles your vehicle may be called upon to fulfill, and the conditions under which it will operate. Rural environments will demand more rugged ambulances than those deployed primarily in urban settings, resulting in more wear and tear.
by: William Gold