Dewsbury Ambulance Charities
Registered Charity Number 1003679

Ford Transit Vintage Ambulance

The History

The 3 litre six cylinder Ford Transit "Hanlon" Ambulance was delivered to the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (W.Y.M.A.S) on the 2nd August 1982 and worked out of Gildersome Ambulance Station for most of its working life.

It was sold on to a private buyer at local auctions and partially converted into a mobile home in 1992. After 3 years as a mobile home the vehicle was retired to a dismantlers yard in Dewsbury and was later recognised by an ambulance man by the registration number as one he used to drive.

It was hardly recognizable though, it was painted deep red with the windows boarded up, there were holes in the wings, a cracked windscreen and the doors were rusted doors, due its condition it was only £75, a bargain!

It came back into service with Dewsbury Ambulance Charities on 29th June 1995 as a Flagship vehicle for the Charity. It's fleet number was 378 and was one of the last batches of Ford Transits to work for W.Y.M.A.S, it was much loved by ambulance crews that worked on it and in time the fleet were replaced by other makes such as Bedford, Renault and later Mercedes and was sadly missed by many.

Fortunately for the restoration team there were plenty of old equipment and parts lying around at various ambulance stations and our enthusiastic group were able to salvage, repair, adapt as much as possible.
Within a year and with thanks to the voluntary efforts and memories of ex-colleagues who had worked on the transits our "Flagship" was back on the road on 21st June 1996. She is no longer available for 999 calls, but enjoys her life on slow sedate outings to gala's, historical rallies and Dewsbury "Flag Days".

Restoration Team
Body work: Brian Firth
Mechanics: Norman Coy / Brian Firth
Dogs Bodies : David Deaves / Tony Chatham / Mick Almond / Bob Glover

The Ambulance is available for hire, click on the envelope below to send an e-mail to David Deaves