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Shanghai Ambulance van
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No: 2070   Contributor: Jacques Peter   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: China
Shanghai Ambulance van

Ambulance (unknown)
Shanghai - PRC
July 2010

See picture #2069 also
Picture added on 09 July 2010 at 07:27
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I wonder if it's a locally made Toyota variant, certainly looks like a Hiace.

Added by Craig McArthur on 26 November 2012.
Just wondering, the fire services in Hong Kong and Macau run EMS, is this situation common across the rest of China?

Added by Tiger on 06 April 2013.
No. Chinese EMS is run by the health ministry, usually via the hospitals in cities, and stations in rural areas (if they have them!)

Added by Roger Greenaway on 08 April 2013.
Then why is EMS fire service based in Macau and in Hong Kong?

Added by Tiger on 10 April 2013.
You should try reading a bit of modern history first. Macau was formerly a Portuguese possession. Portugal has a history of fire service involvement in EMS.

Hong Kong was a British crown colony, consisting of Hong Kong Island, Stonecutters Island and the Kowloon Peninsula (up to Boundary Street), with everything up to the Chinese border on a 99 year lease. In Hong Kong the ambulance service was in mainly 2 arms. The one(the larger) that developed under the auspices of the fire service, and the somehat smaller service run by St John Ambulance. There is also an Auxiliary Ambulance Service, which appears to be a civil defence organisation.

Basically, Macau and Hong Kong developed under their colonial masters first, before becoming part of the Peoples Republic of China, albeit with a special status, which meant that they kept their current emergency service organisations.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 10 April 2013.
I know that Hong Kong was British owned and Macau was part of Portugal. However, in Portugal, EMS is not fire service based, so why did the Macau Corps of Firefighters become the EMS provider if it was not done by their colonial masters?

Added by Tiger on 12 April 2013.
There are a lot of ambulance services in Portugal run by the fire services. Marked Bombeiros or B.V. (Bombeiros Voluntairos = volunteer fire service)on the vehicles.Otherwise they are run by INEM (health ministry) or Cruz Vermehla (Red Cross). There are also red cross ambulances in Macau.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 12 April 2013.
My mistake, Roger. I always thought that the main provider of EMS in Portugal was the Integrated Emergency Medical Service (IEMS), managed by the INEM (Instituto Nacional de EmergĂȘncia MĂ©dica), which depends on the Ministry of Health. The system works like other SAMU/IEMS systems in Europe and in Brazil. I wasn't aware that volunteer fire brigades in Portugal provided EMS cover. I have travelled both to Hong Kong and to Macau. I believe you about the St. John's Ambulance and the AAS in Hong Kong and the Red Cross in Macau, but the only ambulances I saw in both places were fire service run. I have also visited the main fire station in Macau, and seen their EMS units.

Added by Tiger on 13 April 2013.
It seems that the fire services in both former colonies provide the primary EMS cover, whilst the other organisations provide first-aid cover for events and back up the civil-defence organisations. (ie "week-end soldiers"). If you want to see a real mish-mash of ambulance services - try Italy!

Added by Roger Greenaway on 13 April 2013.
Italy is truly a mish-mash with regards to EMS, with Red Cross volunteers, or "weekend warriors", providing at least some ambulance cover. However, the fire brigade do not provide EMS cover, as far as I know.

Added by Tiger on 14 April 2013.
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