Learning About Ambulance Types


The Type I

The Type I ambulance is one of the most recognizable vehicles in the business.  What sets it apart from others is that has a square patient compartment and is mounted on a truck-like chassis. A Type I is often heavy duty and has extra cargo capacity.


The Type II

The Type II ambulances are built onto van chassis.  The roof is often raised to give personnel room to work.  These ambulances are focused on safety and are often used to navigate cramped city streets where larger ambulances would not be able to easily fit.  The patient compartment is not separate from the driving compartment which can make the operating space more cramped. However, the superb fuel efficiency makes them a good choice for longer transports.


The Type III

The Type III has a square patient compartment much like the Type I, but it is mounted on a cut-away van chassis. This gives it a more integrated area between the patient compartment and cab.  These ambulance types have more room for equipment and are commonly used in Advanced Life Support (ALS) situations.  They can be used for specific assignments in chemical plants, airports, oil refineries, or other places where extra storage for equipment is necessary.

Corinthian DieterLearning About Ambulance Types