Ambulance Remounting Services and Service Life Extension Programs

Posted by Billy Claunch, on September 12, 2023

If you have an existing used ambulance (aka “rescue” in some geographic areas) with a body that remains in good condition but a commercial chassis (Ford, RAM, Chevrolet, Freightliner, International, etc.) that has been exhausted with many miles and call runs, an ambulance remount project is something to seriously consider.  In many instances, though a given chassis has seen better days, there may be a lot of life remaining in the body and it could serve many more years with a new chassis under it.  


So what are some key benefits of ambulance remounting?  A few to note are:


  • Updated Technology: Remounting your ambulance provides an opportunity to upgrade to the latest medical technologies, communication systems, and patient care features. This ensures that your ambulance is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to deliver optimal care in emergency situations.

  • Enhanced Safety and Ergonomics: Ambulance remounting allows for the implementation of improved safety features, ergonomic designs, and accessibility enhancements. This enables your medical staff to work more efficiently, ensures the comfort and well-being of patients, and promotes a safer working environment for everyone.

  • Extended Lifespan: By remounting your ambulance, you can extend its operational life and maximize your investment. The refurbishment process addresses potential body structural issues, updates electrical systems, and replaces worn-out components, ensuring that your ambulance remains operational for years to come.  Of course, the new chassis is a complete fresh start on the drivetrain.  

  • Economics and Delivery:  With relatively higher prices for a completely new ambulance and the associated potential long lead time for a complete new build, an ambulance remount could be the best overall value and nearest delivery time in the marketplace.


What are some criteria to seriously consider with a potential ambulance remount services provider or contractor?  There are a handful of important factors that merit exploring:


  1. Expert Remounting Solutions:  Make sure there are skilled professional technicians who have extensive experience in ambulance remounting. Ideally, they combine their technical expertise with a deep understanding of the unique requirements of emergency medical services (EMS).  From upgrading the interior body layout to installing advanced medical equipment and enhancing patient care features, you want to be certain that a contractor can offer comprehensive remounting solutions tailored to your specific needs.

  2. Demonstrated Cost-Effective Alternative:  Remounting an existing ambulance is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a new vehicle. Remount services allow you to extend the life of a current ambulance while benefiting from modern upgrades and enhanced functionality. With an efficient contractor, this can result in significant cost savings for your organization, allowing you to allocate resources to other critical areas.

  3. Customization and Flexibility:  Each EMS organization has unique requirements. A service provider needs to work closely with you to understand your specific needs and tailor the remounting process accordingly. Whether it’s adjusting the interior layout, integrating specialized medical equipment, or enhancing accessibility features, your selected contractor should ensure that the remounted ambulance is perfectly suited to your operational preferences.

  4. Quality Craftsmanship and Durability:  A third-party’s remounting process should adhere to the highest standards of craftsmanship and durability. Utilization of top-quality materials, components, and equipment during the remounting process to ensure long-lasting performance and reliability is a must. The end result is an ambulance that meets or exceeds industry standards and withstands the rigorous demands of emergency medical operations.

  5. Seamless Transition and Minimal Downtime:  A remount service provider must understand that your ambulance fleet needs to be operational with minimal disruption. An efficient remounting process, combined with meticulous planning and project management, ensures a seamless transition from the old to the remounted ambulance. A contractor should strive to minimize downtime, allowing you to continue providing uninterrupted emergency medical services to your community.


So, where or to whom can you turn to explore ambulance remounts? 

At least two potential options include Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus (www.firetruckmall.com) located near Huntsville, Alabaman and then Fire Trucks Unlimited (https://www.firetrucksunlimited.com/) based in Henderson, Nevada.  With proven track records and extreme integrity, both operations have the capabilities to readily extend the service life of an existing ambulance or even an entire fleet of ambulances. 

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