Ford's Transit 350 gains traction in Middle East's ambulance market
Three configurations to Transit 350 van by Emirati and Finnish firms showcased at Arab Health 2019 in Dubai
Newly configured futuristic ambulances based on the Ford Transit 350 van were showcased at the Arab Health 2019 exhibition in Dubai last week.
The Ford Transit 'ambulance of the future', which was launched in 2018, was unveiled in three different customised variants at the exhibition, held between 28 and 31 January, 2019. The first of these Transit ambulances was developed by Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services under the Dubai 10X initiative, and has been customised by the US’s American Emergency Vehicles.
Ferno-Washington was picked to fit out the vehicle with patient care and safety equipment, whilst Ferno-Acetech deployed its telematics systems.
Also on display was the Profile Optimus, backed by Finland-based Profile Vehicles Oy. The company uses Transit 350 to modify it in two roof heights and three body lengths. All vehicles are built with the European EN1789 standard for patient transport and emergency ambulances.
Abu Dhabi firm Bristol’s converted ambulance was Ford’s final Transit 350 configuration on display at the health congress. Bristol’s conversion ambulance is focused on people of determination, and uses EN1789 as a guiding tool.
Commenting on Transit 350’s role in the ambulance sector, Mahendra Menon, commercial vehicles operations manager at Ford Middle East and Africa, said: “Ford has seen considerable increase in Transit van sales across the region.
“Its versatility is key to its popularity, which is highlighted by it being the vehicle of choice for so many fleet operators and SME [small- and medium-enterprises] businesses.”