Dutch ambulances (1945-1975)

Dutch ambulances (1945-1975)

:   K.J.J. Waldeck, M.D., Ph.D.
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2043-2
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9 Commer (about.19S0). For the Netherlands an extraordinary ambulance built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. It is not known who ordered this vehicle. It had been built on a frame of a delivery van. It is also unknown what the purpose of this ambulance on a van -chassis was.

10 Packard (1952) ofthe Municipal Health Service (GG & GD.), Amsterdam. Built by Akkermans, Oud Gastel. The frame of the Packard was much sought in the first five or ten years after the war. On these chassis ambulances were built for the municipal public health departments. These impressive ambulances could easily transport two patients simultaneously. The front of the ambulance is not as impressing as its predecessor (see cover).

1 1 Studebaker (circa 1951) of the First Aid Service (Eerste Hulpdienst, EHD) ofthe Municipal Health Service (GGD) ofLeiden, delivered by the firm of Boon, Leiden. This photo had been taken on the grounds of the fire department at Langebrug when the ambulance entered into service. Next to the Studebaker stands an A-Ford, which survived the Second World War. This picture is the first ofthe author's collection. He started his collection when he was still a medical student and worked for the EHD on a regular basis as a male nurse.

12 AustinA70 (1953) ofthe private ambulance service Veenstra Ziekenvervoer from Amsterdam, built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. At least two other examples had been built. That model was intended for Indonesia (Rumah Sakit [hospital] Brajat Minulja in Surakarta (Java).

1 3 Ford Customline (1953) of the Municipal Health Service of Haarlem, built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. Haarlem had the disposal of an 'accident service' (ongevallendienst) or in brief o.n since 192 7. Qualified members of various first aid associations took part in this o.n. The council paid the telephone connections of a dozen members, who lived across the

city. These people could be called upon in case of an emergency. Also 15 oxygen apparatus had been placed in the city. Only in case of a serious accident the ambulance would be called in, next to the nearest member of the o.n and if necessary a doctor.

14 FordF250 (1953) ofthe Municipal Health Service (GGD) of Amersfoort, built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. At the beginning of the 195 Os this robust ambulances had been built on as well small lorry chassis as on chassis of the Studebaker, Chevrolet, and Ford. This picture had been taken in front ofGosse Visser's at the p.c.Hooftstraat in Leeuwarden. Gosse is the eldest of the four Visser brothers and stilllives there.

1 5 Studebaker (1953) of the Municipal Health Service (Geneeskundige Dienst), Nijmegen. Several coachbuilders built ambulances for municipal services on the Studebaker chassis. This bodywork is from Vermeulen, Haarlem. Later, Vermeulen gained more reputation as manufacturer of sunshine roofs for pass enger cars.

16 Chevrolet 2 100 Two- Ten (19 S4) of the St.Liduina Hospital, Apeldoorn, built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. Many hospitals set themselves as task the transportation of the seriously ill and injured in the first ten years after World War Il. The house of Gosse Visser is in the background. In front of the house was a playing yard. The Chevrolet stands almast in front of the domestic photographer of the Visser Bros., Frans Popken, on De Arumerstraat.

17 Chevrolet 3100 (1954) built by the coachbuilder BERWI. BERWI stands for BERgen from WInschoten. A similar kind of car without the Red Cross above the windshield had been found in Leiden in 1971. The original registration number of that ambulance was RG-1 9- 54. Currently it is astudent's car. Berwi is up to now well known as manufacturer of fire-engines.

18 Left: Ford Customline (19 S4) of the Municipal Health Service (GGD) from Tilburg, built by Akkermans, Oud Gastel. This Brabantine coachbuilder had several municipal services as his regular clients, like those of Rotterdam, Breda, and Tilburg.

Right: Ford Customline

(19 S4). This ambulance had a lot of space compared to the models out of the 1960s like the Commers, FordTransits, and Volkswagen mini vans. The interior was simple and only fitted for the transportation of the seriously ill. Additional springs for the stretcher were not necessary. These American cars had already enough suspension action, so people said.

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