Considerations for today's ambulance

Written by Leonard D'Orlando,

Safety first, never last: The ambulance of today is a sophisticated machine and whether new or reconditioned its primary goals is crew and patient safety. Here are some things to consider when looking at a new ambulance or making updates to an existing one

Ergonomics for the driver and crew. The driver area should be comfortable, all controls unobstructed, and allow for all necessary maneuvers to be accomplished. While out back, seat location should allow for easy access to the patient, equipment and vehicle controls without providers having to constantly remove the seat belt.

Warning and visibility devices must be effective. To be effective sirens must be louder than environmental noises and be heard by all drivers. The location of emergency lights, their color scheme, as well as retroreflective striping are all essential to improve the visibility of the ambulance in any environmental condition: day and night, rain, snow or low light conditions.

Traction in all types of weather must be considered as well. The proper tire, its tread pattern, and load rating, along with the correct suspension help to ensure daily safe travel. While traction devices like Onspot automatic snow chains provide surefooted traction when traveling on days when the adverse conditions of snow and ice are present.

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Leonard D'Orlando

About Leonard D'Orlando

Leonard has six years with Onspot Automatic Tire Chains in North America. Four years as a field technician on the East Coast and two years as a Regional Sales Manager. During the four years as a field technician Leonard provided install and maintenance training to dealers. Leonard also performed fleet reviews for customers and provided technical service support. An alumnus from the University of Maine, Leonard graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Education. Leonard also attended Texas State Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in automotive mechanics.


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