The following page provides a range of photos of Ambulances
in Victoria's Ambulance Service between 1981 & 1990




In 1981  Latrobe Valley Ambulance Service contracted NSCA (Vic Division) to provide 24 hr helicopter retrieval services.  The service initially began using the Hughes 500, but was soon replaced with the more efficient Bell 206 Long Ranger and then in the late 80's with the Bell 412.

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This version of the F100 Ambulance was introduced in 1981.  The new recessed beacons provided a streamline look, but were found to be ineffective due to their poor reflective ability and the lower height compared to roof mounted beacons.  Additional twin mounted beacons were later mounted to resolve this problem.  This model was also the first to use grill mounted flashers.

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Alexandra Region's 1982 Holden WB long distance non emergency transport Ambulance. This vehicle remains with the Alexandra Region as a historic vehicle.

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Two of NSCA's (Vic Division) Bell 206 Long Rangers contracted to the Latrobe Valley Ambulance Service from 1983 to 1985.

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Geelong's Communications Van based on a Toyota Coaster was introduced into Service in 1983 as a command & communications centre for major events.  It was retired in 2005.




A 1984 the Victorian State government provided funding for 2 of it's State owned transport buses to be converted into multi casualty buses capable of carrying up to 12 stretcher patients each, and stored at the Footscray Bus depot..  In 2006, both buses were retired from service, never attending any MCI incident.

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A 1985 Ford XF Ambulance used for long distance non emergency transports.

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Pictured in 1987 is Latrobe Valley's Bell 412 in it's early paint scheme when it was operated by the NSCA.

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In 1986, MAS introduced it's first Helicopter retrieval service known as Air 495.

Pictured here in 1986 is Air 495's original all white colour scheme.

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In 1986, Melbourne replaced it's aging AT-4 Dodge Mobile Communications Van with this 1986 Toyota Coaster Bus. This vehicle would remain in Service until 2004 when it was replaced with the Iveco Command & Communication truck.

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In May 1987, with continual cramped conditions and increasing student numbers at the Vale St Training Centre, the State's Ambulance Officers Training Centre (AOTC) moved into it's new location in Queens Rd, South Melbourne, where it stayed until Ambulance training went to Monash University in 1999.

The building formerly the John Batman Motor in on the banks of Albert Park in South Melbourne (the site of the Australian Grand Prix), boasted significant improvement in space and facilities.  Administration and a library was on the ground floor, lecture rooms and a large dining area was located on the 1st  floor, Teaching staff were mostly on the 2nd floor and floors 3 and floor provided residential accommodation for students living in during their course.



Melbourne's Latrobe St control room was built in 1978.  Set up as a horse shoe, it was used effectively until 1989 when the Melbourne Headquarters and control room moved to Doncaster.



Melbourne's 1987 Ford F-250 was one of a number of  trial rear modules tested during the late 1980's.  The cabin side steel step was well liked by crews but despite this, never adopted.



Pictured outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1987, the Toyota Hi-Ace was the mainstay of the Clinic Car Division during the 1980's.  Car Division's main role is the transport of walking patient's to Hospital outpatient appointments.



In the late 1980's, Victoria began researching to develop a truly purpose built Ambulance which was to be named the J Series.  To assist with this development program, Victoria purchased a number of interstate Ambulances for trail.  Pictured here is the NSW vehicle, which although had a number of features that would be incorporated, it was overall found to be lacking in space in the patient compartment.

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Pictured in 1989 at Albert Park, is the range of vehicles used during the 1980's.  The 3rd vehicle from the front is the original design with recessed beacons.  Due to the beacons poor visibility, twin roof mounted beacons were retrofitted (second Ambulance from the front).  The front Ambulance shows the final design with removal of the recessed beacons, being replaced by 4 roof mounted beacons.



Following a rollover trial in late 1989 that showed significant flaws in the safety of Victoria's 'F Series' Ambulance, modifications were made to the vehicles still in service to ensure the safety of Officers. 

Clearly visible is the external roll cage configuration added to this 1986 'F Series' Ambulance. 

One of these roll-cage F100's has been saved and donated to the Victorian Ambulance Historical Society.

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In 1990, Sunstate Airline won the contract for providing aircraft and pilots to Victoria's Air Ambulance.  Six Cessna 404 Titans were brought into Service and formed the backbone of the Air Ambulance until 1998 when the RFDS took over the contract with 6 King Airs.

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