Ambulance accidents have been the leading cause of death for EMS personnel for quite a few years now. There are a number of variables that need to be adjusted to in order to make riding in an ambulance safer. Some of these variables are response protocols, driving behavior and seatbelt usage. Another variable that is often overlooked but imperative is ambulance construction.
Braun Ambulances, an ambulance manufacturer, has posted the video from a rollover test they performed using a Type III. It is being billed as the industry’s first rollover test:
As someone who has actually rolled an ambulance (it was a 1996 Demers Mirage that I rolled AND was able to drive back to the garage after the accident) I would have to say that the video is a very good representation of what happens.
With the outdated KKK-A-1822 standards (“Triple K“) from 1974 being retired, ambulance manufacturers have had to look to both the NFPA 1917 and the CAAS Ground Vehicle Standard for guidance on ambulance construction. While the acute lack of testing these construction standards is a bit alarming, it is important to remember that the standard sets the minimums. It does not limit what you can do when you are ordering your ambulances.
Have you ever been in an ambulance rollover? If so, please share your experience in the comments…