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New Ambulance is an European First
+/- 1976

"This is it! With the previous ambulance I said it too, so you have to be careful to say it again, but you have to admit this is phenomenal" This is being said by Mister D. de Grooth from Winschoten on behalf of the likewise named Taxi-company and Ambulance service, when talking about his latest acquisition: A Cadillac Ambulance car of about 75,000.- Dutch Guilders. The car has been in operation for two weeks now.

The special thing about this ambulance, more and more becoming a small mobile hospital with the latest gadgets on board, is, that sofar it is the only U.S. built Cadillac ambulance in operation in Europe. Of course there are lots of novelties on board.

One of these novelties is a stretcher on wheels, which De Grooth , when it comes to ambulances, wants to introduce now in our country. "It takes getting used to, but once you have worked with it you don't want to go back.

For the most part the heavy lifting is gone. For the patient this mean it is calmer on the stretcher." explains De Grooth and demonstrates then that the stretcher on wheels is not an ordinary stretcher. The whole thing has springs which during the drive will absorb most of the shocks.The stretcher can put in eight different positions. "This is typical American, it isn't used yet in our country. You sometimes see it in the movies, but I'll give you writing, this system will be the standard." thus the ambulance-entrepeneur. He finds that the ambulance he just has acquired "The best combination between space and comfort." And concerning that space he shows that it is used in the car to the optimum. Even in the rear door is left a space to store bandages.

Scoop Stretcher

New is also the scoop stretcher, which they have started using recently. It's a stretcher consisting of two halfs, it can be put together in such a very simple

way that a patient is hardly moved. Complete with scoop stretcher the patient can be lifted on the stretcher on wheels.

The people who sofar have worked with the ambulance are very enthousiastic about it. Also about the interior lighting of the ambulance. By means of a relais the brightness of the light can be adjusted, while there is also a special lamp fitted on the ceiling for directt light.

Exterior lighting

when it comes to light, the ambulance has on the exterior also a novelty. On both sides of the car, four spotlights have been built in. Which especially come in very handy in dark areas. De Grooth "The day before yesterday, I've seen proof of it. Near Zuidbroek a car drove into a ditch, and someone got injured. The light of electric torch was all they had, but once this ambulance had arrived at the site there was an ocean of light. That was just phenomenal to work under.

Now already a museum piece, but one of robust pride. An eye-catcher at the jubilee exhibition of the Dutch Red Cross in Drunen, like the preference for U.S. ambulances at De Grooth attracted attention for years. Own import and installation has not for nothing taken an high flight and the growth of our own coachwork shop is also thanks to the impeccable execution of the specific wishes of ambulance companies in our country.

'Unique situation'
All ambulancedrivers now in possesion of a paramedics diploma


_Province Groningen now has 41 newly qualified paramedics extra. Which brings the total to 70 paramedics.
_1971 in Groningen the initiative was taken to start a training for paramedics. Groninger GGD (Municipal Healthcare Service)- doctor C.A.E. Volckmann tutors the course, which takes two and a half years.
_In 1974 the first group of 28 paramedics passed the course. While last Tuesday in the canteen of Z.T.M. (Patient Transporting Company - In those years the largest Ambulance-company in Groningen - mainly serving the Groningen-city area) again 41 qualified paramedics received a diploma handed to them by Z.T.M. -Manager A.J. Kubbenga. According to him, now all ambulance companies in the Province Groningen have qualified paramedics.
_"Unique in the Netherlands, we are the only province with qualified ambulance personnel." thus Mister Kubbenga, who hopes for a nationwide recognition of the diploma. According to him the training is halfway in between an E.H.B.O. (First Aid)-worker and a nurse. "The emphasis however is on the nurse part."