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A hands-on look at some of the more notable trucks in our inventory.

Ram ProMaster Crossover Type II Ambulance

Global Emergency Vehicles is proud to offer the Ram ProMaster Crossover Type II built by Malley Industries. This Ambulance offers various configurations and has lots of great features.

The Malley ProMaster Crossover Type II can be used with a Squad Bench with enough room to hold a Bariatric Stretcher. It can also have a Squad Bench with a “Grab and Go” Shelving unit that allows for easy access to up to four adjustable shelves. The third configuration allows for a Safety Seat that swivels to allow attendants to face forward, the patient, or at 45 degrees for optimal safety and patient care.

The Malley ProMaster Crossover Type II has the lowest floor height at only 22 inches and the tallest headroom at 73 inches. Unlike most ambulances, this vehicle has Front Wheel Drive which enhances traction in mud or snow compared to traditional Rear Wheel Drive units. These Type II ambulances have a very high payload (2100 -2400lbs depending on configuration) and are bariatric capable.

As the first to manufacture a state-of-the-art ambulance on a Ram ProMaster chassis, Malley has achieved significant improvements over traditional Type II’s. Some of the improvements achieved are a significantly larger workspace for paramedics to provide pre-hospital care. The configuration allows for better access to compartments and equipment while attendants are safely seated. Having the lowest floor height in it’s class reduces paramedic back strain from loading and unloading patients.The walls and shelving are made of antimicrobial ABS plastics which helps maintain sterilization. The ABS walls are flexible and energy-absorbent which are less likely to cause injury in the event of a collision. Finally, the cab design provides more comfortable and functional space for paramedics including full seat movement and recline with storage for personal equipment.

Global Emergency Vehicles is excited to offer this unique and innovative Type II Ambulance. If you are interested in more information on this vehicle give us a call at (215) 547-9111.

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Alton Fire Dept Purchases Two Ambulances From GEV

Recently the City of Alton, Illinois Fire Department began responding to Emergency Calls. The Department selected two units from the inventory here at Global Emergency Vehicles. They selected a 2009 Chevrolet C4500 Wheeled Coach and a 2012 Chevrolet C3500 McCoy Miller unit. Global Emergency Vehicles put both vehicles through our Inspection and Refurbishing process to ensure they were in fine working condition for their new owners. By choosing to go with Refurbished units over New they were able to achieve some significant savings. They invested about 1/3 the cost of similar New Units for these two Ambulances. Due to this cost savings the Department was also able include Stryker Power Load Systems and Power Stretchers with each vehicle. According to Chief Bernie Sebold, the Power Load System and Stretchers have been a very worthwhile addition to the vehicles and have been a hit with the crew. Alton MD

Remounted Ambulances Provide Great Value

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In a perfect world, all of our Emergency Service Providers would be fully staffed, trained, and equipped for all scenarios or events. However, those with insight into the industry know that this is often not the case. Sometimes, one would find not-so-well-funded squads still trying to provide the highest level of service and care for their community.

As the average price of a New Ambulance increases, the number of organizations that can comfortably purchase high-end ambulances decreases. The organizations that cannot purchase New Ambulances from the manufacturer still need to provide Emergency Medical Services to their respective communities. One solution that many squads are turning to are Remounted Ambulances. This type of an ambulance has been around for some time, but recently has been gaining wide acceptance throughout the industry. Remounted Ambulances are now being looked at as viable options for budget-conscious buyers. In fact, some agencies that have budgets that could afford purchasing new ambulances from the manufacturers are turning to Remounts to provide more value for their investment.

A Remounted Ambulance takes an existing ambulance and removes the Patient Module or “box”. The box is then remounted to a new chassis and the electrical wires are ran to the cab. By reusing the Patient Module and the compartments and shelving it contains, Remounted Ambulances can offer savings of up to 50% off new ambulance prices.

Global Emergency Vehicles offers a full Remount package that can rival new units from the manufacturer in quality, features, and warranties. You can provide GEV a Patient Module or find one in our large inventory of options. Providing GEV with your current Module allows the new unit to be identical and eliminates your crew from learning a new layout or shelving set-up. Choosing from one of GEV’s options allows you to upgrade features or overcome current obstacles. For instance, your current rig does not have a window in the Patient Module but you would like one in a new model, simply make that a criteria for your box selection.

The standard Remount process for GEV is quite extensive and we take every step to ensure a quality build and product is delivered. Once the box is removed from its current chassis all of the doors and hardware are removed. The next step is to sand, prime, and paint the box. GEV can recreate any major manufacturer’s paint color given the paint code or a sample. The paint will be backed by a warranty.

Another important aspect of the Remounted Ambulance produced by GEV is the Electrical System. The standard package includes LED lighting for both inside the module along with Emergency, Scene, and Load lighting. The vehicle will also have a brand new Electrical Control System with separate operating panels. Both the system and the lights will be backed by a 6-year warranty.

Inside the Patient Module will be outfitted with all new hardware, locks, and handles. New flooring will be laid and new seating and upholstery will be included. While in most cases, the shelving will be reused, the plexi-glass doors will all be replaced. Each unit will also come with a brand new HVAC system that will also be covered by the full warranty.

The Cab is also converted over to an Ambulance set-up, including your Emergency Lighting Controls and Siren. A custom console is built to house these controls. The Cab and Chassis is covered by the chassis manufacturer warranty and the vehicles will also include up to a 10-year engine and/or power train warranty depending on the make of the vehicle.

As more squads look at the advantages of Remounted Ambulances there will be an increase in the number of Remounted Ambulances put into service. Global Emergency Vehicles is happy to discuss with you our vehicle and any questions that you may have. To get more information on our Remounted Ambulances please visit our website www.gevusa.com or call us at 855 547-9111.

 

Malley Industries Transit Type II Ambulance

img_6234Global Emergency Vehicles is proud to have received the first Malley Industries Type II Ambulance on the Ford Transit chassis. This vehicle has been built to be lighter and more ergonomically sound than traditional Type II units.

The lightweight conversion will allow for better fuel economy and less wear and tear on replaceable chassis parts. This vehicle also boasts a payload of 2500lbs on the T250 on the 3000lbs on the T350.

The set-up of the vehicle allows easy access to medical equipment, lighting controls, and AC system while remaining safely seated. In the cab there is increased room with a full seat recline option for added comfort. These units also allow a choice of a squad bench or a single-person swivel seat and paramedic work station.

The unique contoured interior walls add 2″ of aisle width over traditional straight wall construction. The walls are energy-absorbent, flexible, and have rounded corners which are less likely to cause injury in the event of a collision. Fewer seams than traditional wood, mica, or aluminum interiors make it easy to sanitize. The bright interior enhances lighting to perform medical procedures.

These vehicle have been Tested and Certified to meet the highest level of Ambulance standards including KKK-A-1822 certifications.  Between the innovative design and aggressive price point these Type II options are a great value.

For additional information or questions, please contact Global Emergency Vehicles toll free at 855 547-9111 or sales@gevusa.com.

Demers Ambulance

Demers Ambulances: New Ambulances with Lower Operational Costs Provide Greater Value

Whether you are a member of a volunteer rescue squad or a private ambulance company, chances are two things that are important to your organization  are helping those in need and being financially sound when doing so. The first part of this statement is usually what draws folks into this line of work, the second part is what allows them to stay in it and even prosper. One of the largest investments made by these organizations would be their emergency vehicles.

Global Emergency Vehicles understands this and that is why they were built on the principle of providing quality used emergency vehicles at fair prices. One way that GEV ensures that they deliver value is through their 125-point inspection and refurbishing plans. Another way that they can ensure quality refurbished vehicles is to select vehicles that were originally built by quality manufacturers. Demers Ambulance is a new ambulance manufacturer based in Canada that builds their ambulances with quality and lower operational costs in mind.

Demers has built and delivered 15,000 ambulances over the past 50 years, but this family influenced company began building custom “ambulance and hearse” buggies back in 1892. By the 1960′s they were building an ambulance using a station wagon base that had the roof replaced with a steel top and the body actually cut and lengthened. By the early 1970′s they had begun production on their first van ambulance. The mid – 1970′s started an expansion into Latin America and by the end of the decade they had also delivered more than 1600 ambulances to the Middle East. By 2000 they had entered the US market with products that exceeded KKK-A-1812 standards. Today they employ over 150 people and maintain a 54,000 square foot headquarters and production facility that produces 1500 units annually.

To ensure that they build well reviewed and functional ambulances, Demers has used paramedics input into the designing of their vehicles. Demers uses a Continuous Flow Process assembly line to build their vehicles. There are sixteen separate stations that the vehicle moves through as it is being built. At the end of each stage there is a Quality and Assurance check to ensure compliance. If an issue is discovered they can return to the last stage that had been successfully completed and then correct the issues at hand. With this process in place Demers can build 30 ambulances per week. More importantly, a standardized process means better overall quality.

Demers believes that their value is increased through lower operational costs when using their vehicles. Since the new ambulances are built with quality parts and a proven design, the overall satisfaction with the ambulance is quite high.  Another way that Demers can add to the value of their product is through their safety features. Safety features allow the attendants to perform the necessary tasks without risking their own well-being. If an attendant is injured and is unable to work for an organization they will be negatively affected in many different ways. Avoiding these problems are important to remaining financially sound. Some of the innovations that they have introduced are rounded corners and cabinetry that is made from shatter-proof materials. They have developed their Track Mobility System Seating that allows for the Attendant’s seat to roll on  track from one end of the workstation to the other, eliminating the need to get up (unsecured) and move back and forth. Not only does this feature allow for the seat to move from front to back, it also provides a 180 degree turn. This allows the attendant to perform all of the necessary tasks while securely fastened in their seat. Finally the auxiliary console is set up to be ergonomically sound and allows the attendant to control many vehicle features from a central location.

Not only is Demers concerned with producing quality vehicles that promote user safety, the also strive to produce the most fuel efficient vehicles in the market. Demers quest for better fuel efficiency actually started well before the recent gas crisis that have caused record prices. Demers actually began addressing this problem back in the 1990′s when they replaced many parts with durable and lighter options. One of the first such changes was eliminating the use of wooden cabinets and moving toward aluminum alternatives. This allowed the company to produce a lighter vehicle with a lower center of gravity which increased steering control and helped prevent the rolling of the unit. Producing a lighter unit also extends the life of other parts on the vehicle like brakes and tires. Demers Type II ambulances have an aero dynamic build that produces up to a 12% increase in fuel economy. The design duplicated on a Type III ambulance resulted in a 3% increase in fuel efficiency. Lastly, the Anti-Idling System features a monitor that tracks battery voltage and rear compartment temperatures. Once it reaches certain thresholds the system will shut down the engine but continue to monitor the outputs. If necessary, the engine would restart and the process would repeat itself. Tests show that this alone can reduce fuel consumption by 40% during idle time, which translates to thousands of dollars annually.

Demers has been building quality ambulances for quite some time and their focus is delivering value after the sale by providing lower operational costs. Global Emergency Vehicles delivers value by thoroughly inspecting and refurbishing the emergency vehicles they sell. To ensure that you are getting the best value for your budget dollars, why not try a GEV refurbished Demers ambulance?

Take a look at Demers ambulances currently in the GEV Inventory here.

Continued Research of Safety Innovations on Ambulances Available in Today’s Market

Safety is an important part of all of our lives. Whether it is a mother looking after her children or an employer making sure their employees are protected from hazards, safety is an ongoing concern. Ambulance manufacturers understand the importance of safety when it comes to building their new ambulances. These emergency vehicles are often perform a duty where time is of the essence, but the safe passage of both the crew, the patient , and the public is paramount. Engineers at these companies are constantly testing and evaluating their products with the hopes that new ambulances available for sale today are safer than their previous versions.

Over time, these new emergency vehicles become used ambulances. Pre-owned ambulances can present a whole new set of challenges when they are put back into service. From disregarding proper maintenance to normal “wear and tear” these units can become less safe than when they were sold by a new ambulance dealer. Global Emergency Vehicles recognizes this and that is why all of our vehicles go through our 125-point inspection before they are  presented to the market as “refurbished used emergency  vehicles”. We are an ambulance dealer who is committed to offering quality vehicles at a fair price and safety is a key component of our company.

One of the manufacturers of new  ambulances with an excellent reputation for safety is Horton Emergency Vehicles. Horton was formed in 1968 and they were the first organization to build a van ambulance. By the mid – 1970′s they were building both Type I ad Type III models. It was about this time that they decided that safety was going to be one of the cornerstones of their operation. Horton put their new ambulances through a series of testing and evaluations and has made several outstanding innovations toward emergency vehicle safety.

The Horton Occupant Protection System (HOPS) is one of their most important contributions to the innovation process for the ambulances available on the market today. HOPS is made up of several safety features, that used in combination provide some of the best occupant protection in the industry.  To show their customers how important safety is to the company, this system is not an upgrade, but instead it is the standard on all Horton Emergency Vehicles.

The first part of the system  are seat belts. Horton employs a three-point belt system that has been  tested to remain attached at 19,500 pounds. In addition, the seatbelts allow for an EMS worker to detach the over-the-shoulder portion while keeping the lap belt secured. This allows them the flexibility of movement while keeping them secure in the event of a crash or rollover.

The second part of HOPS are the airbags. By using test crash dummies and live testing, Horton has determined that occupant injury or even death would be quite possible in the event of impact or a rollover. With this in mind, the engineers at Horton have developed two types of airbags that are deployed. There is an inflatable head curtain that works alongside a tubular structure airbag that is used in tandem to protect the occupants in the attendant’s and CPR seat.

The final two pieces that make up HOPS are the Impact Wall and the Resistance Foam Padding. Through their testing Horton has determined that traditional ideas of padding and netting or “A” bars are not the most effective. Instead, Horton has developed a resistant foam padding that helps dissipate the energy over the surface area and reduces the force incurred on impact. The Impact Wall protects the occupant from injuries sustained by impact with the front wall cabinets.

With the HOPS system, Horton has separated itself from their competition by their commitment to safety. With our 125-point inspection and refurbishing, Global Emergency Vehicles separates our refurbished used ambulances from our competitor’s offerings. Safety will always play a large role in the Emergency Vehicles Industry and should be taken into consideration when purchasing a new or used emergency vehicle.

 

Tips for buying a used ambulance

Tips for buying a used ambulance

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Used ambulances are a lot like used cars in terms of mechanical wear issues, but they also have the added complexity of the medical and electrical equipment in the rear patient compartment. Unlike the average car, a lot of people will be depending on your ambulance to function properly, and in many cases the situation could be of life or death importance. So here are some things to consider before you buy a used ambulance so that you can be confident in your purchase.

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Types of Ambulances

It is important, to consider what type of ambulance you need for the patients you serve and the community you are in. Factors like fuel economy, storage space, or off-road use are all significant factors in buying the right vehicle.

If you do mostly non-emergency transports, then a Type II Ambulance is ideal for its better comparable fuel economy, and tighter dimensions on the road — it is basically just a standard van.

If emergency response is your main thing, then you will probably want an ambulance with a larger rear module that will offer more functionality on-scene. Type IIIs tend to be the standard, all-rounder choice, but many fire and rescue squads prefer the larger Medium Duty ambulances because they offer more space for gear and equipment. Many Medium Duty ambulances are even outfitted for SCBA use and storage, catering specifically to fire-rescue applications.

Many departments who operate in more remote areas may serve patients, or perform rescue operations, in areas that are off-road and could not be reached by a conventional vehicle. This is where 4×4 ambulances come in. Most 4×4 ambulance applications are of the Type I variety, based on a truck chassis, but there are 4×4 conversion kits available for Type IIIs and Type IIs from companies like Quigley.

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Mechanical Issues

The basis of an ambulance is usually a commercial van or truck chassis from a major automobile manufacturer, such as Ford, GM or Mercedes. You can research reliability and mechanical maintenance costs by asking a mechanic about the specific model chassis or also by checking on manufacturer-specific online forums.

The basics are as follows:

For diesel engines, the most reliable vehicles are undoubtedly Fords fitted with the 7.3L turbo-diesel V8 engine (1995-2003 models).

For 2004 and 2005 model years it is usually a better idea to go with a GM product because the early Ford 6.0L diesels are notorious for having expensive problems.

After 2006, Ford’s 6.0L diesel did begin to get better, but it would never rival the 7.3L. They basically got to the point where the problems became manageable, but still hardly ideal. There are some modifications you can make to Ford 6.0Ls that can make them much more reliable, but most of it comes down to just being diligent about maintaining it properly. Too many companies avoid maintenance to save on costs, and with a Ford 6.0L, that is a grave mistake.

As far as GM products go, they’re sort of right in the middle. Their 6.6L DuraMax Turbo-Diesel V8 engine doesn’t quite measure up to the 7.3L’s legendary durability, but it is a heck of a lot better than Ford’s 6.0L.

In terms of Sprinters, the repair record is pretty good. Mercedes-Benz has been making diesel engines for quite a long time, and their 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 is right up there with the 7.3L. Mix the durability with the better fuel economy of a much smaller engine, and it is easy to see why Sprinters are quite the hot commodity these days.

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Ambulance Equipment

Everything wears out over time, that is a fact of life when buying any used item. The trick to making a smart purchase is to either find something of great quality that will last longer, or to buy something that has been refurbished.

Most ambulance dealerships sell their vehicles as-is, without much fixing up, and a brief detail job, if you’re lucky. If you are buying a used ambulance that hasn’t been refurbished, your best bet is to find something that was top quality when it was brand new. Look for vehicles from solid ambulance manufacturers like Braun, Horton, PL Custom, AEV, Crestline, or Road Rescue, and you will at least be starting with something that was built well to begin with.

All of that said, your best bet for buying a quality used ambulance is to find one that has had some refurbishing work done to it. It is a mistake to think that any used vehicle will be 100% perfect, but at least a refurbished ambulance has been gone over with a fine-tooth-comb and has had any outstanding issues repaired. During the refurbishing process, all of the ambulance’s systems are tested, and it is shown to be a fully functional emergency vehicle before it is delivered to its new owner.

About Us (Full Disclosure)

Our company, Global Emergency Vehicles, was founded on the simple idea that buyers of used ambulances, and the patients they serve, deserve a better product than most ambulance dealerships offer. Our team of technicians goes over each of our vehicles with our 125 point inspection, and fix any outstanding issues they find. We do our very best to ensure that we deliver the best quality used ambulances possible to our customers for the budget they have to spend, and at the very least, they know that our refurbished used ambulances are a more solid than the un-refurbished units they would find elsewhere.

Quigley 4×4 Ambulance Video Feature

Quigley 4×4 Ambulance Video Feature

We recently sold this clean Quigley 4×4 Ambulance by Wheeled Coach to a customer who needed its off-road abilities to serve people in their community.  It was surely one of the more unique vehicles in our inventory of used ambulances, and we were happy to see it go to a customer that really needed its 4×4 capabilities.

We made this video feature on the truck right before it sold, but we can still get more trucks like this for any of our customers who are interested.