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.

The Importance of an Inspection

Very often we have our customers ask about the 125-point inspection that G.E.V. performs on their refurbished ambulances and why it is important to have one done before the vehicle goes out on the market. I would like to start with a simple example:

Not too long ago my friend Adam found out that he was going to be a father. Adam was a good athlete, was in good shape, and had no known health issues. But motivated by the responsibility of raising a child he wanted to dedicate himself to  being the healthiest person he could. When he shared this with our group the first responses were thick with sarcasm (Adam clearly appeared to be in better shape than most) or simple mantras like “Eat Better” or “Exercise More”. Lucky for all of us, Adam was taking nothing for granted and started his quest with a complete physical exam.

As Adam progressed through the litany of tests it was just as most of us expected, his blood pressure was good and his heart rate was fine. His height to weight ratio was perfect and the only medication he took was Benadryl for allergies. As he continued to have positive results, it started to look like he was in great shape maybe all he really did need were some simple mantras and a little discipline to lead a healthy life.

Just as the examination was coming to a close the doctor noticed how tan Adam was. Adam worked outside and spent most of his free time during the summer at a beach rental. As long as I can remember Adam seemed to be tan and it appeared that it had come at a price. After some tests, the otherwise healthy Adam was diagnosed with skin cancer. Lucky for us he caught it early and his treatments so far have been a success. I’m thankful my friend is in remission and I’m thankful that medicine has made so many advances, but in many ways I am thankful that my friend decided on a full physical exam to truly understand what shape he was in.

A physical examination can be invaluable when addressing ones health, but I would argue a similar value can be assigned when evaluating an ambulance or rescue vehicle.  Like our bodies, emergency vehicles have many different parts. Some companies who sell used ambulances believe in checking the “Vital Signs” and declaring that they have the  best units in the market. Global Emergency Vehicles conducts a 125-point inspection on all of our used ambulances for sale. Similar to a physical examination the GEV 125-point inspection encompasses all of the different systems that make up the vehicle including Mechanical, Electrical, Interiors, and Body/Paint .

Let’s take a look at a common example to demonstrate the value of this thorough inspection:

  • First the unit is transported to our Full Service Facility where our teams of experienced technicians will get the unit ready to be refurbished.
  • The unit will be given a full mechanical inspection. During this step we check under the hood, under the vehicle, and observe actual road tests.
  • Next, the unit will be subjected to an Electrical Inspection. During this process the technician will check all of the lights, light bars, sirens, along with heating and air conditioning
  • The Interiors inspections includes checks of the cab, locks and shelving
  • The Body and Paint team inspect the unit for dents or defects in the body or paint

Once each of these steps has been completed GEV can confidently claim to know the true condition of the vehicle and identify a refurbishing plan that will look to rectify potential issues and increase the value of the vehicle.  Without conducting this type of inspection you are simply checking the vital signs and hoping for the best.  We ask our emergency vehicles to not only be versatile, but also durable and reliable. In some cases, these vehicles might a save a life, in other cases it might simply be a matter of customer satisfaction. Whatever the case, you owe it to yourself and your organization to have the best vehicle your budget allows. Having a full inspection is key in determining the true health of your unit. Without knowing for sure you are taking chances. Often we assume that everything is “good” but how much are you willing to risk that you are right? Adam found out that a small investment of time and a willingness to be thorough can be worth a lifetime of happiness, perhaps the same will happen to you.

What are the typical steps that you use to evaluate the a used ambulance you are considering for purchase?



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.


Safety Trends and Innovations in Ambulances Available for Sale

Safety Trends and Innovations in Ambulances Available for Sale

The U.S. ambulance industry is always looking for innovative ways to protect not only the patients but also the crew of the ambulance. Ambulance manufacturers are companies that design, construct and test the different types of ambulances. TheseGlobal Emergency Vehicles - Refurbished Used Ambulances For Sale ambulances are used for emergency situations but can also provide transportation in non-emergency cases.  Just as Global Emergency Vehicles has EMS and rescue trained professionals working for us, these manufacturers also employ staff that have experience in the emergency services field.
When you are in the market to buy a new or a used ambulance, safety and reliability is some of the important factors in your decision.  In my research I have identified some of the manufacturers that emphasise safety and are very innovative in their design and production of ambulances they sell.

 Company Reviews

The first company we would like to review is  American Emergency Vehicles (AEV). AEV manufactures most of their own parts and components.  All of their parts go through a very rigorous testing procedure before they are installed on an ambulance. Their vehicle bodies also get crash tested. They also go through weight testing that exceeds industry standards. Next we have Braun Industries:  This manufacturer is located in Ohio and their top priority is quality. Braun’s SolidBody construction allows them to build modules that are lighter and at the same time lighter and stronger which leads to increased safety.   Braun’s quality team has a 800 point inspection process that each vehicle goes through before it is given the “Built For Life” seal of approval. And the third manufacturer we would like to review is Wheeled Coach Industries. This company is based in Florida and is the largest ambulance manufacturer in the US with many innovative product developments, such as:  SafePASS Safety System, the new industry-leading safety system with specially-designed door handles and an emergency direct release tab for exit in case of an accident.  Such system provides increased safety for both patients and crew.  Wheeled Coach also came up with DuraLite Cabinet Systems that set the standard for durability and stability for the ambulances. Corner Cap Lighting System from Wheeled Coach is the only 360° lighting coverage protecting DOT marker lights to minimize damage in case of an accident.  EnterSafe Top,  the only 45° lighting system in ambulance industry. It provides increased visibility for Type II ambulances.  Pure Air Filtration System (P.A.F.S) ™ designed by Wheeled Coach exceeds Federal KKK-A-1822E specifications. It is a self-contained, heating and cooling system that cleans and decontaminates air, and reduces the risk of infection from airborne pathogens.

Safety and Reliability in Used and Refurbished Ambulances

The three companies we have discussed have particular focus on safety and reliability of their emergency vehicles. Like the manufacturers discussed above, we at Global Emergency Vehicles, which is the largest dealer of refurbished used ambulances and other emergency vehicles, are concerned with the safety of patients and crew and always make sure ambulances we sell do not leave our facility without a complete safety inspection.


To see our vast list of refurbished used emergency vehicles please click here.


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.

FDIC 2014 Highlights

Fire Truck at FDIC

We made a trip out to FDIC in Indianapolis last week to catch up on some of the most current trends in the industry. We mostly sell pre-owned ambulances and other emergency vehicles, but all of this stuff will be making its way into our inventory soon enough.

All of our favorite ambulance manufacturers were in attendance, mostly showcasing their larger rigs that appeal more to firefighters.  We had a great time, rubbed some shoulders, and enjoyed seeing the most modern ambulances in the world up close.

One of our favorite non-vehicle things at FDIC was the bagpipers who were making the rounds at the show.

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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.