Motorized Ambulances in service

Motorized Ambulances were first placed into service in 1900 when they were adopted by the French 9th Army Corps. Motorized Ambulances were also adopted in use by the city of Alencon, France around same time.

Date: 1900
Location: Alencon, France


Additional Information:

  • History of the ambulance – Wikipedia
    The history of the ambulance begins in ancient times, with the use of carts to transport incurable patients by force. Ambulances were first used for emergency transport in 1487 by the Spanish forces during the siege of Málaga by the Catholic Monarchs against the Emirate of Granada, and civilian variants were put into operation in the 1830s. Advances in technology throughout the 19th and 20th centuries led to the modern self-powered ambulances.
  • The History of Ambulances
    The term ambulance comes from the Latin word ambulare which means to walk or move about which is a reference to early medical care where patients were moved by lifting or wheeling.
  • Evolution of the Ambulance
    Throughout history men devised methods to transport the ill and injured. Hammocks were readily available and used for centuries. During the time of the Romans and Greeks, chariots served as ambulances. In 900 A.D. attendants used a wagon with hammocks in it.

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