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For regulators seeking an understanding of how ambulance standards are developed, this site has a streamlined guide to the participants and process. 


This web site includes information about ambulance design standards (interior and exterior), emergency medical dispatch, and EMS provider safety.


Information about why vehicle testing and design standards are so important, as well as information about operational issues that affect workplace safety.

The goal of SafeAmbulances.org is to compile information about ground ambulance standards and EMS safety into a single portal. The above guides are intended to assist as a starting point and provide an overview of the topic and the web pages.

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Ambulance Safety News

  • Baffling details emerge in report on fatal 2019 air ambulance crash in Southeast Alaska 19 Nov 2020 00:39 Anchorage Daily News - Alaska A new federal report on a 2019 air ambulance crash in Southeast Alaska that killed all three crew members adds new mystery to an already challenging investigation into what caused the plane to go down just before landing in Kake. Both front flight crew …
  • Ambulance involved in crash on I-85 near I-385 interchange 06 Nov 2020 12:24 WYFF 4 South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an ambulance crash on I-85 north early Friday.The crash happened around 5 a.m. near the I-385 interchange, troopers said. Sky 4 was over the scene. The crash blocked the left lane for more than an hour as …
  • Ambulance carrying 20-month-old boy found nearly drowned in hot tub crashes on route to hospital 13 Oct 2020 01:36 ABC13 - Texas MAGNOLIA, Texas (KTRK) -- A little boy is currently in critical condition after he was found nearly drowned in a hot tub and involved in a crash while being transported to the hospital in an ambulance. A local pool company employee alerted the Montgomery …
  • Firefighter injured ambulance crash in SW Houston 10 Oct 2020 20:35 ABC13 - Texas HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A firefighter on board an ambulance was injured Saturday in a crash on a southwest Houston road. It happened in the 9900 block of Keegan Rd. at Huntington Park Drive after 8:30 a.m. The ambulance was running with lights and its …
  • NTSB: Structural Failure Led to Deadly North Dakota Air Ambulance Crash 08 Sep 2020 19:44 Insurance Journal A structural failure led to a 2018 air ambulance crash in North Dakota that killed all three people on board, a new report says. The Bismarck Tribune reports the National Transportation Safety Board last month published its factual report, which outlines …

Ambulance Standards Map

Guide to State Ambulance Regulations
  • GSA (general)
  • GSA (pre-SAE)
  • GSA (includes SAE)
  • Multiple (combination of GSA, CAAS GVS, NFPA)
  • State Specific
  • No regulations
  • Unknown

Ambulance Crash Test Videos


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