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Top 10 biggest, smallest, fastest and strangest ambulances in the world

Ambulances come in all shapes and sizes to match their use and environment

By EMS1 Staff

Updated February 17, 2015

Ambulances come in all shapes and sizes. Who's to say what color they should be or what fuel they use? But some ambulances are just plain weird. Welcome to the top 10 biggest, smallest, fastest and strangest ambulances in the world. And make sure you also check out the 5 top NFL Fanbulances.

Oldest: This 1951 Barndoor VW Kombi might be the oldest Type II ambulance in the world. The person trying to sell this bus says it was sent to Miesen Ambulance in Bonn, Germany, for conversion, and then did a tour of duty in Portugal.

Most luxurious: The interior of the Platinum ambulance features mahogany wood detailing, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, bar amenities, a Jacuzzi, a chef and more. The extra-wide tires and specially designed chassis on this stretch limo ambulance guarantee a smooth ride at $350 per hour.

Greenest: A new ambulance prototype in Scotland is powered by electricity rather than gasoline. Officials say it will increase the service's efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

 Biggest: The largest ambulance in the world is operated by the Dubai Government's Centre of Ambulance Services, which measures 65.71 feet and was designed by Dr. Martin von Bergh of Global Medical Consulting, with a total treatment and transport capacity of 123 patients and staff.

Smallest: The "Kitten 999" of the Bristol Paramedic Ambulance Service in England is thought to be the world's smallest ambulance. Too small to save lives, the ambulance tours local schools.

Other smallest: Not quite an ambulance, this tiny apparatus is a converted golf cart belonging to the Nobleton Fire Department in Ontario. It can't fight fires, so it is used as an educational tool for children.

Grooviest: Our editor saw this Jambulance parked outside her apartment in San Francisco, but research is inconclusive as to its origins. All we know is that it's the fastest way to the hiphopspital.

Fastest: The Mercedes-Benz AMG Ambulance was specially built for Formula 1 to get wounded race drivers to the hospital as fast as possible. Its top speed is around 155 mph.

Strongest: This armored ambulance in Russia features monster-truck tires. 

Most colorful: Without a contract since 2010, Quebec paramedics were unable to strike, so they painted their ambulances in protest. Some sport messages like "Blood contract since 2010" and "No agreement at a discount."

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D Steven Mooch D Steven Mooch Sunday, October 21, 2012 2:31:51 PM You didn't get the NASA Ambulance... It was out of this world!
Pedro Zamora Ruiz Cabañas Pedro Zamora Ruiz Cabañas Sunday, October 21, 2012 4:06:35 PM ok excelente coleccion.
Benoit Vaillancourt Benoit Vaillancourt Monday, October 22, 2012 4:00:36 PM So proud right now of being a paramedic in Montreal, Québec...
Mike S. Dumond Sr Mike S. Dumond Sr Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:14:13 AM I want numbers 2, 8 and 9.
Terry Dopp Terry Dopp Saturday, October 27, 2012 2:50:19 PM None of these appear to be "useful"/ Cool but not useful. The fastest isn't even real it's a concept.
Terry Dopp Terry Dopp Saturday, October 27, 2012 2:52:25 PM Sorry, maybe #4 for mass casualty, though they never showed the inside.
Brandon Hines Sckooby Brandon Hines Sckooby Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:21:22 PM Wow this will be perfect for MCI.
Tammy Gordert Tammy Gordert Sunday, November 11, 2012 11:11:28 AM These are too cool.
Sonny Dove Sonny Dove Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:20:31 AM ZA-REX & Zippy Zeebra love the zebra stripes. Thank you EMS.
Sonny Dove Sonny Dove Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:21:48 AM Zippy Zebra Ambulance by ZA-REX USA.
Vincent Hughes Vincent Hughes Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:57:34 AM Forgot one
Joey Carr Joey Carr Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:30:11 PM Would have love to see the inside of the mass casualty unit.
Andrew Tucker Andrew Tucker Friday, November 23, 2012 8:51:24 AM At least there weren't any god damn sprinters in the list. And WTF is up with number 8? It'd be awesome to show up in a car to some frequent flyer's house and have the realization dawn on them that they could go in their own car.
Jocelyn Hemond Jocelyn Hemond Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:28:04 AM The 10 is my truck yesser
Mike Reid Mike Reid Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:14:49 PM Do they have a section for the most broken down?
Mario Hébert Mario Hébert Saturday, December 08, 2012 3:57:23 PM very Nice HA! HA! AMBULANCE from QUÉBEC :)
Brian McFadden Brian McFadden Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:39:56 AM I'm surprised you don't have the yellowstone ambulance mounted on a snowcat frame.
Rich Gaun Rich Gaun Monday, December 24, 2012 2:18:10 PM I bet the FIA will have the Mercedes-Benz as their Physician Response Unit next year.
Robert Molyneaux Robert Molyneaux Thursday, January 03, 2013 6:03:15 PM I think the air ambulance in the same picture can go faster....
Al Douglas Al Douglas Monday, January 14, 2013 2:25:23 PM See Medics can learn from FFs painting trucks, putting other cities cresting etc on the city of Montreal trucks has been a protest tool for MFD for many many years.
Emily Soffe Barrientos Emily Soffe Barrientos Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:10:05 PM cool
Mohadese Ebrahimpoor Mohadese Ebrahimpoor Friday, September 06, 2013 9:21:21 AM very Nice
Jay Smith Jay Smith Monday, May 19, 2014 6:54:41 PM and does not have to worry much about traffic
Morgan Ambler Morgan Ambler Monday, May 19, 2014 7:09:09 PM The limo bus is a regular ambulance that they re-upholstered the back of. It's run by Citywide Mobile Response in NY, NY. It's been used three times from what I've heard.
Emilio Navedo Emilio Navedo Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:23:13 AM I don't know... I thought the smallest and most unusual ambulance were our NYC EMS Gator Units. The first ones were used during 911, and worked out so well, EMS bought more. The new ones have enclosed front cabs with heat and AC. All can transport patients and 2 crew men. And all are actual working units, not Educational Toys. The are especially usefull for special events and beach and park patrols during the summer. Here are a few You Tube links of the new ones... Here are pics of old/original ones... I think they should get at least an "Honorable Mention".
Juan Daniel's Juan Daniel's Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:13:29 AM Me quedo con la mas rapida!
Katrina Aldaco Katrina Aldaco Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:22:55 PM These are lame! google Aspen, CO ambulances and fire engines :)
Brandon Pierce Brandon Pierce Monday, August 11, 2014 10:11:48 AM In Russia, you don't chase ambulance Ambulance chase you

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