Ambulance Vehicle: Basic Facts

An ambulance is a vehicle designed to move an injured person or a medical-related device between two locations. Ambulances typically carry a paramedic or physician and sometimes an EMT, a senior or an advanced life support technician

An ambulance is a vehicle designed to move an injured person or a medical-related device between two locations. Ambulances typically carry a paramedic or physician and sometimes an EMT, a senior or an advanced life support technician. 

Purpose of an ambulance

Ambulances are designed to be used for the immediate care and delivery of the wounded, ill or injured to a medical institution. This allows for continued care and treatment at the facility, which is usually a hospital or clinic.

Ambulances come equipped with the necessary life saving equipment and people to help the injured person. In addition, this is especially important in emergencies.

Generally, an ambulance is a vehicle that transports people into a hospital to be treated for all sorts of injuries. Emergency ambulances are normally reserved for people who have been seriously injured or face life threatening and time sensitive medical situations. These require quick response and skilled medical intervention by paramedics.

Other uses of an ambulance

Transporting deceased / morgue

Another less obvious use for an ambulance is for the transportation of the dead from an operating theater to the infirmary, morgue or other location. This allows the subsequent processing of the corpse through cremation or burial. 

The term ambulance thus includes any vehicle intended for the transportation of individuals, as well as any non-professional equipment. For instance, you can think of work-wear (clothing) and also for the temporary transport of personnel.

Transporting of medical equipment & personnel

In the vehicle, ambulances may carry portable X-ray machines or medical trolley (known as emergency carts or emergency trolleys). These equipment provide advance life support opportunities because of their tertiary functions.

Shifting and transporting the equipment usually happens for mass casualty incidents where the location of the incident could be far away or off site.

This includes off-shore shipyards and rural areas where it is far from the city area. Access to medical facilities in a traditional hospital would take a long time and if you were to transport the patient in an ambulance, the patient may not survive the trip or his condition could turn for the worse before even reaching the hospital.

Ambulances at worksites, industrial areas: What corporate can do to provide better first aid

In today’s world it is far easier to transport the doctors and hospital setup in ambulances (or vans). In a typical industrial setting or with many (hundred) workers, these services take a lot longer and are quite expensive if economies of scale is not leveraged.

Presenting preparedness to stakeholders

For industrial sites and work involving labour, corporate management will have an ambulance on-call standby at the workplace in case of emergencies. This allows for quick and better response besides the bare-minimum first aid.

More importantly, having professional medical people shows government authorities that the company is well equipped for workplace emergencies.

If you were an employee, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable at work if you knew your bosses have everything ready?

You’ll also know they care for your safety and they are prepared if the worst happens. A plus for employee morale.

A hit on morale at work with every employee fatality

Within the family, the death of a father, mother or a son is of great value. In the event of a workplace accident, every minute can make a difference in how people recover and whether they can walk.

Not just in getting back to work, but employers actively need to consider reputation loss if an incident turns public. If a stop-work order is issued by authorities due to an unsafe work environment, current contracts would not be fulfilled.

Overdue deliverables have a domino effect on the company from finance to public relations. There is no way to say – if a company becomes unable renew agreements or at worst, be barred from bidding in new tenders or for new jobs.

Sometimes getting the proper, professional medical crew is a cost that just needs to be incurred by the company.

Comparing emergency work and transportation work functions

Usually used for emergency care, the functions of ambulances also extend beyond urgent rescue work. The use of an ambulance in an emergency is different from a paramedic responding to a call for service and taking patient care directly from a home.

Time is not a main concern in non urgent or non emergency cases. However, time is of the essence in responding to an emergency.

An ambulance is a single unit of the ambulance brigade. Within the brigade itself, there are several departments which are broadly categorised into emergency and non emergency functions.

Most commonly seen is that the ambulance brigade is split to two child companies – the first specialised in emergency work (that’s 911 or 999 type of services) and the second transport work (for non urgent cases or to render paid service to individuals corporate customers).

General guiding principles in ambulance operations & medical activities

Aims: Providing direct, immediate, and long-term financial, technical, and time benefits for affected customers for transportation-related service activities.


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This post was last modified on November 29, 2020 11:18 pm