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Victoria paramedic Ambulance 127.
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No: 4022   Contributor: Adam Bain   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: Australia
Victoria paramedic Ambulance 127.

Photo taken on 6th May 2012 in Melbourne
Victoria Australia.
Picture added on 20 August 2012 at 08:49
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Added by A.de Lepper on 09 March 2013.
this is a 316CDI model of the Sprinter. These 316's replaced the old 315 models in the Victoria Ambulance fleet.

Added by Adam Bain on 10 March 2013.
I think that emergency medical care and ambulance transport in Australia should be run by firemen, like in Europe and in America, not as a separate agency. What do other people have to say on this?

Added by Tiger on 13 March 2013.
there are ambulances based at fire stations around parts of Melbourne which sadly are only staffed by Paramedics not Firefighters.

Added by Adam Bain on 13 March 2013.
Why is it better to have a fire man do this kind of job? In the Netherlands ambulances are staffed by dedicated paramedics. And they do a great job.

Added by Marcel Sloover on 13 March 2013.
Actually Tiger, only a few ambulance services are run by fire services in Europe, and usually in major cities (Germany) and as part of a regional EMS (France). In the Netherlands, Austria, Lichtenstein, and most of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, they play no medical role whatsover.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 15 March 2013.
Marcel, studies in the US have shown that survival rates for patients served by fire service based EMS are 90% higher compared with patients served by private ambulances or by a separate EMS agency. That figure is a very hard one to beat.

Added by Tiger on 19 March 2013.
Marcel, what is your opinion on the stats?

Added by Tiger on 21 March 2013.
I would like to know what people think about the 90% higher survival rate of fire service based EMS patients in the US. Please comment.

Added by Tiger on 22 March 2013.
Tiger,

I can only assume that the stats quoted by yourself are down to the fact of the wider geographical spread of fire houses in the US as opposed to EMS stations. I can't speak for the rest of Europe but here in Ireland, EMS is a standalone service provided by the National Ambulance Service utilising Paramedics & Advanced Paramedics both on ambulances & rrv's. The number of fire houses in an area compared to ambulance stations is very high but Fire does not respond to any medical calls what so ever. The only exception to this is the Dublin Fire & Rescue Service which operates 11 ambulances under contract to the National Ambulance Service. Elsewhere in the country no fire service operates in a medical capacity. The ambulance service in Ireland not only operates 999/911 calls but also GP/Doctor calls as well as doing non urgent/routine patient transfers (Inter hospital as well as discharges to nursing homes) hence our response times to cardiac arrests can be lower than what your used to in the US.

Added by Austin on 22 March 2013.
Austin,
Yes, quite often in the US, firehouses also run ambulances, but quite often, fire pumpers also carry EMS equipment and at least one man in six (pumpers carry six crew: Captain, Driver and four firemen) are trained as paramedics.

Added by Tiger on 22 March 2013.
Actually, Roger, quite a number of countries in Europe use the fire service to provide at least part of their EMS. Besides Germany and France, Spain and Portugal make use of the fire department, in Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia, Zaragoza, Malaga, Bilbao, and Catalonia community and in rural Portugal, respectively. Additionally, Slovakia uses firemen as paramedics, notably in the capital Bratislava. Lastly, Romanian firemen man the ambulances in several cities under the SMURD programme. As well as this, I think firemen in Belarus are responsible for ambulance care, though I'm not too sure.

Added by Tiger on 25 May 2013.
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