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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19 OpelBlitz (1955) ofthe Dutch Red Cross, department Oude Ilssel (Doetinchem), built by Miesen from Bonn (then: West -Germany) and delivered by NEDAM, Roermond (The Netherlands). Ambulance services imported vehicles built on light truck Ford and Chevrolet chassis from America. In this period on the other hand also these OpeIs were ordered for the transportation of the seriously ill and injured.

20 Cadillac Sedan de Ville (1956), built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. Suchlike ambulance was the Marilyn Monroe of the ambulances. On the front seat four people could be seated. One of these people sat on the left of the driver. Only the larger communities like Utrecht, The Hague and Amsterdam were able to purchase these lovely vehicles.

21 Chevrolet (1956) ofthe St. ]ansgasthuis from Weert, built by Miesen, Bonn and delivered by NEDAM, Roermond. Ten years after World War II ambulances were built on American chassis in WestGermany meant for the Dutch market. Behind the split sidedoor on the left the spare wheel and rescue equipment could be found. On Mercedes Benz these doors had been used for many years as well.

22 Ford Taunus Transit (ap prox.1956) fitted up as an ambulance by BERWI Coachbuilders, Winschoten. Two patients could be put in on a stretcher in this ambulance. These 'cans' could not weight up to the solid, American ambulances. The high rate of the Dollar and the start of the EEG in 1957 were to be the reasans that the purehase of non-EEG vehicles would become more difficult and more expensive.

23 Mercury Monterey (1956), presumably built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden.

The registration number dates from 1958. It was not uncommon for coachbuilders to use damaged cars, which had been decIared as 'total Ioss': to built ambulances on. In many cases the plating and the chassis had to be restored. Thereby the chassis needed to be extended. That is why the type of a car is, in same cases, dated a few years earlier than the registration makes us believe. During the oil crisis a LPG-tank had been installed under this ambulance.

24 Ford Taunus Transit (1957) of the medical service (medische dienst, GED) of the Amsterdam Droogdok Maatschappij (shipbuilders), fitted up as ambulance by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden. Several coach builders in and outside the Netherlands made dozens of these little Fords suitable for the transportation of the seriously ill and injured. These ambulances were relatively cheap as the outside bodyalready existed. Only the interior required some attention.

25 Left: Ford Fairlane 500 (1957) of the Municipal Health Service (GGD) afTilburg, built by Akkermans, Oud Gastel. of the original chassis and bodywork was not much left. [ust the front of the car was a recognisable feature. Chassis were aften extended. The rear lights originate to a Mercedes-Benz from those years. The most striking feature is that the backdoor opened from the left instead

of the other way round. The ambulances drove round with the coat of arms of the city on the doors. There was not yet a sign of the 'Star of life' and other special striping.

Right: Ford Fairlane 500 (1957). The impressive the exterior was, the simpler the interior. The suspension of the vehicle had to be sufficient. The stretcher resembled a campingbed that was sup-

ported by small springs. The right side of the ambulance

had been fitted with venetian blinds.

26 PeugeotD3A(1957) built by Visser Bros., Leeuwarden, presumably for Verenigd Ziekenvervoer (VZA) in Amsterdam. The Visser brothers did not like the grille of this Peugeot and made more styled grilles for the succeeding Peugeot D4. The estimation of the labour casts of the grille had not been correct and therefore these ambulances had to be sold with a Ioss, for instance to VZA.

27 Studebaker (1957) of the Municipal Health Service (GGD) of Utrecht, built by Geesink, Wee sp. These Studebakers had been very popular at many municipal services. Not only the Visser Bros. and Vermeulen built these ambulances, but apparently also Geesink. Geesink gained more reputation as bodyworker of garbage trucks.

28 AustinA152 (1958) of the Verenigd Ziekenvervoer Amsterdam (VZA), fitted up as ambulance byVisser Bros., Leeuwarden. Beside the much used Ford FK 1 OOOs and the Commer 2500s, these courageous Austins were also used by same ambulance services.

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