The following page provides a range of photos of Ambulances
 in Victoria's Ambulance Service between 1991 & 2000




Victoria's 4WD Ambulance vehicles were used around the state in small numbers. Pictured here is a 1991 Ford 250 4WD with the Transfield rear fiberglass body with the roll cage protection in place.  Whilst required for safety in rollovers, the roll cages caused many problems with bush work often catching branches causing damage to the outer fiberglass shell.



The Victorian V Series fiberglass rear module vehicle built by Jakab in NSW  on the Ford F-250 was introduced in the early 1990's and was the first true purpose built Ambulance for the Victorian Ambulance Service.

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Doncaster Control Room and Melbourne Headquarters built in the late 1980's to replace the old Latrobe St headquarters.



Flying  over  the  Latrobe  Valley's  Power  Station,  Helimed 1 in it's 1993 color scheme, is one of 3 helicopters operated by Victoria's Air Ambulance and is stationed at Morwell. 

Crewed by a Pilot, Observer (CHC Helicopters) and 1 MICA Flight Paramedic, it can carry 2 Stretcher patients or 1 stretcher and 4 sitting.  Powered by it's  2 x PT6T-3DE engines with 1920 shaft horse power, it can cruise at 120 knots with a normal operating range of  300 km.  Other features include a 76 metre Rescue Hoist capable of lifting 272 kg and  a Nitesun directional search light with 30 million candlepower.

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The Tarago Ambulance was introduced as primarily a low cost transport vehicle (approx $40,000), which could also respond to emergencies if required.

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In 1994, the Victorian Ambulance Service introduced 2 trial vehicles based on the 'V Series' fiberglass Ambulance body, but using a dual rear wheel Ford F-350 extended chassis.  The vehicle gave superior stability compared to the standard Ford F250, but provided an extremely rough ride and no further vehicles were introduced. 

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Pictured is the Holden VR Commodore LAV (Light Ambulance Vehicle) was introduced as primarily a low cost transport vehicle, which could also respond to emergencies if required.  Due to it's top heavy weight, the vehicles have been restricted to the signed speed limits, even under emergency conditions.  

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Geelong's Ambulance Dispatch Centre in 1995.



In 1995, the Ford Longreach was introduced in small numbers into regional & metro areas of Victoria as a lightweight transport vehicle unsuccessfully offering an alternative to the Holden VR Commodore.   

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In 1996 MAS purchased a VW Transporter as a trial emergency response stretcher vehicle.  The vehicle spent most of it's time in the inner city area, but was found unsuitable for widespread introduction.



The Toyota Troopcarrier was introduced in 1996 as a replacement for the Ford F-250 4WDs in a number of areas around Victoria where there was a need for 4WD capabilities.  It remains in Service today.

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Three GMCs with the Jakab "V Series' fiberglass rear modules were introduced in 1996.  Preference was however given in rural Victoria to the 'A Series' aluminum rear module, again built buy Jakab.

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The 'A Series' Ambulance was introduced in 1996  as RAV's frontline emergency response Ambulance with 180 being brought into Service over the next few years.  

At a cost of approximately $170,000 per vehicle, the concept and final design was the result of extensive input from on road Ambulance Officers, with the contract for the rear re-mountable module being won by Jakab Industries in N.S.W. 

The rear module design initially built on a GMC chassis has the highest approval rating of any Ambulance ever introduced into the Victorian Ambulance and will be hard to beat. 

Click here to go to more photos of RAVs A Series GMC.

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RAV introduced the GMC 'A Series' in 1996 with most built by Jakab Industries in NSW.  Six however were built elsewhere including this version built by Superior Industries in Queensland.

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In the mid 1990's Metropolitan Ambulance Service began introducing the GMC Ambulance with the rear cabin built by Mader in Tasmania.

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In 1997, Regional Victorian Ambulance Services introduced approximately 4 trial GMCs based on the Jakab built NSW rear module. Preference was however given to the Victorian designed rear box.

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Click here to go to more photos of RAVs GMCs (NSW module)



In 1998, the RFDS took over the Air Ambulance Contract operating 6 KingAir B200 aircraft. Staffed by a RFDS pilot and Ambulance Paramedic or MICA Paramedic it can carry 2 stretcher patients and two walking patients, has a speed of 250 knots, operates to an altitude of up to 35,000 ft., with a range of 1200 nautical miles or 4.8 hours flying time.

Click here for a history of Victoria's Air Ambulance.

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In November 1999, 5 years after the release of the government ‘Review of the AOTC’ which recommended major changes to Victoria's in house Ambulance training, the Queens St training complex was finally closed.

Training of Victoria’s Ambulance Officers was moved to Australia's first purpose built training centre at Monash University - Frankston Campus.



The Holden Sedan was introduced in the mid 1990's as a rapid response non transport vehicle, and continues to be used extensively by both RAV & MAS.  Pictured here is a 2000 VX Holden Commodore Sedan

Click here for more photos of the Victoria's Rapid Response Units

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The Mercedes Sprinter 312 was introduced as a trial vehicle into Victoria in 2000 as a possible replacement for the GMC.  Due to it's poor performance, it was soon replaced with the Mercedes 316 Sprinter.

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