More safety and security for emergency crews

When every second counts, everything must run smoothly. That’s where we come in – where training, experience and routine are pushed to their limits, setting ourselves the task of continuously improving ambulances as a working environment – to enhance the safety and security so that emergency workers in the field can rely on us implicitly.

With a wide range of new developments and continuously improved equipment levels, we contribute to ensuring that there is a response to every action, optimising the security of crew and equipment alike, and ensuring perfect, all-round visibility. We regularly achieve this thanks to small details that make a big impact – such as space-saving storage arrangements, additional LED lighting at critical locations and design and materials that create a more hygienic environment.

    • anti-collision lights
    • anti-slip surface
    • automatic change over for oxygen
    • better visible corners and edges
    • control unit near attendant seat
    • entrance lighting
    • fire trace automatic fire extinguishing system
    • head protection upholstery
    • illuminated safety grab handles
    • impact resistant foil
    • intercom
    • intersection and grill lights
    • Intersection lights
    • mirror monitor
    • number plate flasher
    • rear warning lighting
    • safety grab handles
    • safety labels
    • separated switch for central locking
    • toughed safety glas
    • WAS Door Assist
    • WAS Multi-Load Assist
    • WAS PanicAid
    • WAS SanSafe
    • wheel nut marking

Additional protection in high-risk situations

Out of necessity, the emergency services mostly work in the heart of the action at events such as football matches, festivals, or demonstrations. Whether that means waiting on standby directly at the event itself, or whether they need to reach the scene of the incident by making their way through the crowds in their vehicle, fireworks, people throwing stones, or even direct attacks with weapons represent a genuine threat.

Even when responding to incidents away from major events, there is an increasing readiness to engage in violence against the emergency services. We use our experience, derived from many years of cooperation and intensive discussions with the emergency services, public authorities, fire services and the police In order to offer additional protection to emergency responders in high-risk situations. As such, we have developed features that make emergency vehicles safer all round while leaving room for protective clothing.

Space for stab-proof vests

When emergency responders leave the protection of their vehicle, they need equipment to assure their safety, such as protective helmets or stab-proof vests that are stored within easy reach so that they can be slipped on quickly when leaving the ambulance. To create enough space to ensure the personal safety of emergency responders as well as the countless items that are needed to treat patients, a well-thought-out layout is required, and WAS Protect creates precisely this space.

Anti-shatter film for windows

Window glass is covered with a special safety film that increases its resistance and protects against shattering. The coated surfaces won’t break when bodily force is applied, even if the glass itself is cracked. If the glass is broken, shards remain in place thanks to the anti-shatter film, leaving the window intact. As a result, there is no risk of shards of glass causing injury either inside or outside the vehicle, while emergency responders and bystanders cannot be injured by flying glass.

Toughened glass windows

To ensure that the windows of ambulances and other emergency vehicles don’t represent a weak point, WAS vehicles can be equipped with toughened glass windows. If required, the window (which is made from shatterproof, unbreakable polycarbonate) can easily be opened from inside by hand.

PanicAid

In an acute threat situation, the WAS PanicAid – a panic button equipped with a camera situation – provides additional safety and security for emergency workers: red trigger strips are located along the ceiling of the treatment area and next to the crew seats – referred to as panic buttons. These strips, which can be reached from any location in the treatment area, allows the driver in the cockpit to be notified while simultaneously launching a video recording.
When a panic button is pressed, a recorded message informs any potential aggressors that everything is being recorded, including the thirty seconds before the button was pressed, and that the video file will be stored separately so that it can be used in court if needed. The system is, therefore, designed to act as a deterrent as well as to prevent the emergency responders. In addition to the internal cameras, ambulances can also be equipped with cameras on all sides outside the vehicle.

Panic switches

Additional switch position for the vehicle’s central locking

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