Holden One-Ton Multi-berth Ambulances (1978-1986)
One of Kevin’s
photos of Fleet 145 a Holden One-Ton Multi-berth Van Ambulance (Registration
number STF-539), at
One of Kevin’s photos of Fleet 43 a Multi-berth Ambulance next to a Holden Panel Van (Standard) Ambulance Fleet 14. Glen Sparks said, “Incidentally, the picture that is on your site of Fleet 43 (in the van section) was taken in the Mt Gambier Station, which is still in use by us today.” This vehicle is fitted with two roof-mounted beacons and a single roof mounted siren.
Other pictures that Glen has provided from
Kevin lists the following Fleet numbers for the One-Ton Multi-Berths
Pt. Pirie 95 (He thinks)
Mt. Pleasant 145
There were also Fleets 9 and 123 but Kevin cannot recall the base station numbers.
Yet another of
Kevin’s photos of Fleet 43 a Holden Multi-berth Ambulance, as above taken in
1981. The “
Another view of Fleet
14 and 43 in the garage at
Interior of Holden
Multi-berth Fleet 43 at
Andrew M said of the Multi-berths;
My favourite ambulance was the Holden HG 186, Tri-matic with the Grifco siren and the centre well. Some different ideas and configurations were tried as you have provided in Car 145 example pic. These were special orders usually by country Divisions. They had access to funds thru their communities to experiment thru local money raising efforts. Lions come to mind. We did not have many of these. They were not a favourite of the council or the divisions that ordered them for a reason I can explain one day, they rotated back into metro areas to get rid of them.
Interior of Mount Pleasant Multi-berth, Fleet 145, in October 85 (Photo by Kevin). Ferno-Washington F-26, D-sized Oxygen cylinder, glass suction bottle, sphygmomanometer (for taking blood pressure) and a small electric fan in the top left had corner. Note that this body has a top mounted rear door.
Right hand side rear view of the interior of Fleet 145 (Photo by Kevin).
The driver’s compartment of the multi-berth, Fleet 145, fitted with an AWA Fleetmaster Carphone radio, and a Chubb siren.
Fleet 145 parked outside of the Mount Pleasant Centre. Note the small split sliding window above the main rear window (Kevin).
Another view of Fleet 145 Pleasantville, a nicely laid out St.John Centre (Kevin).
Similar vehicles were used interstate and the spiritual
successors to the type in