We see many Type II ambulances here at Global Emergency Vehicles. Whenever we get them in our inventory of used ambulances, we get calls from all over, and they are sold in the blink of an eye. Consequently, we generally know what to expect when a new Type II comes in.
The ambulance you see here is something special, though. It was built by Leader Emergency Vehicles, a high-end manufacturer based in California. This particular 2008 ambulance was used as a dealer demo model, so it was fitted with all of the bells and whistles available at the time. As a result, this ambulance cost over $100,000 brand new, which is almost unheard of for a van-type ambulance.
This Leader Type II Ambulance finally entered service in 2010, and later made its way into our inventory with a mere 46,000 miles on it. When looking to buy this ambulance, we saw a one-owner truck with low miles that was loaded to the gills with uncommon features, how could we pass that up?
Behind The Wheel
Type II ambulances are in high demand because they have the same, relatively small, proportions as a typical van. This makes them the most maneuverable type of ambulance out there. For EMS services operating in crowded urban areas, the more maneuverable an ambulance can be, the better. For example, if someone has a heart attack during rush hour traffic, the ambulance needs to be able to reach the patient as quickly and easily as possible. This Leader handles just like a van should, with no massive box to haul around, and that is exactly what you want in a Type II ambulance.
In addition to maneuverability, the smaller size of a Type II can make it a bit of a hot rod in ambulance terms. This Leader Type II comes fitted with Ford’s potent 6.0L Turbo Diesel V8 under its hood, which produces a healthy 325hp and a mighty 570ft/lbs of torque. Let the turbo spool up, and the way this thing builds speed will not disappoint you. Often times, ambulances can be quite sluggish, but rest assured, this Type II Leader will have no trouble getting up to speed on the highway with its siren blaring.
When it comes to the emergency features, this Ambulance has a fancy setup where all of the control switches are located on a roof mounted panel above the driver. This Ambulance has a full LED emergency light package, and its front light bar only works when the vehicle is in gear, which took us a minute to figure out. It also comes complete with a Whelen traffic advisor at the rear, as well as a Powercall Siren that will hurry those pesky motorists out of your way.
In The Back
What really stands out about this Leader Type II ambulance is not only the solid quality of its construction, but also the attention to detail in terms of its packaging design. Right when you open the side doors, you see a small cabinet. Open it and you will find that the large oxygen tank has been placed laterally in a crevice which extends the full width of the vehicle. Additionally, between the oxygen tank and the front seats, there is also space to store a back board. This frontal cross area is seldom used effectively in most van-style ambulances, and Leader has found a way to utilize it for storing two of the more bulky pieces of equipment required on board.
This Leader ambulance also has a few features not commonly found on a typical Type II ambulance. It is one of the few Type II ambulances that you will find with an exterior compartment, like those found in the rear boxes of Type Is and Type IIIs. Obviously, this makes for a more convenient package than your standard Type II ambulance, and the compartment is accessible from both the interior and exterior. Additionally, right next to the compartment door, there is an auto-ejecting shoreline hookup by Kussmaul Electronics, which connects to an on-board battery charger. These features are common in ambulances with rear modules, but they are very uncommon in a Type II, like this Leader ambulance.
This Leader ambulance is definitely one of the nicest Type II ambulances that we’ve had for sale over the years. Its uncommon features and extra solid build quality set it apart from the more typical van-style ambulances that we normally sell here at Global Emergency Vehicles.
Update: This vehicle has since been sold to a happy customer, however, please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a similar ambulance.