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    Greetings gang,

    How many of you are in a position in your Service, Department or Agency to have a say in what your new vehicle design or construction will be or look like ?

    I've given input on Ambulance, ESU and ERU design as well as Supervisory units in my past 30 years. Our employer has a Vehicle Design committee that I've been a part of, shaping the new units our Service purchases.

    After a lot of thought, our ideas go out for tender or bid to the many different Ambulance manufacturers out there. If they meet our specs and are within our budget, the purchase is made. Often times, a long term contract is signed with a particular company to ensure continuity of design, and often improves the final per unit price since we purchase in bulk, often times more than 20 or 30 units per year along with specialty units as well to round out our fleet.

    Canada has 3 prominent Ambulance manufacturers, Demers, based out of Quebec, Crestline in Saskatchewan and Tri-Star in the Maritimes.

    The majority (if not all of Canada) is serviced by these 3 companies. The bid does go to the US, however due to our very strict and stringent safety and build requirements, no US firm has been able to meet our standards at a reasonable cost.

    Now, back to why I'm posting this in a diecast model forum....recently I purchased a mini fleet of Ambulances from a fantastic customizer, Travis Gaines. Travis has customized some late model Matchbox Ford E-350 Ambulances to represent a few of the many larger Ambulance Manufacturing and Conversion companies. His attention to detail on these units was outstanding. I'm extremely pleased with the purchase and I'm proud to show them off to you now.

    The pictures don't do the units justice, they are fantastic up close. The detail on the lights, mirrors and even windshield wipers is very impressive

    Thank you Travis !!!



















  • #2
    Those are awesome models to have Glen. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    • #3
      Wow!! Very impressive collection of ambulances👍👍👍

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      • #4
        Beautiful collection and congrats on being part of the vehicle design committee.

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        • #5
          Some great custom models there! Just need Lifeline and Wheeled Coach, lol.

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          • #6
            Wow, those are nice! What an impressive fleet!
            Michael "Toyotageek"
            Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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            • #7
              Very nice work...the lines are crisp and clear and straight...painted or decal? I made like 3 of ONE local ambulance service's rigs and that was a significant dedication of time over some weeks! And I made all my decals...not nearly as crisply and 'factory made'-looking as his. You are one fortunate collector, Glen.

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              • #8
                Those look awesome! Great show, and thanks for the information about how Canadian firms are the only ones allowed to bid. That explains why BCAS runs either Demers or Crestline units, nothing else.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stampede View Post
                  Those look awesome! Great show, and thanks for the information about how Canadian firms are the only ones allowed to bid. That explains why BCAS runs either Demers or Crestline units, nothing else.
                  US Firms can bid as well, they've just never been successful in meeting Canadian standards at a reasonable cost to the operator.

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