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August 25, 2016 – Braun Ambulances
braun-ambulances-cn-8-compliant-smallIn May of 2015, the draft version of KKK Change Notice 8 was released for public review. The draft of this document was released for public comment for a period of one month, in which time anyone was welcome to comment on potential changes. After this time, the change notice went into effect on any order placed after July 1, 2015. As in years past, it has been decided at the state level which states choose to follow KKK-A1822-F in full, part or not at all. The same held true for the regulations required by Change Notice 8. Several states quickly adopted the change notice, while some chose not to require it and some chose to provide their states with an extended period of time before they were required to follow the guideline, such as the state of Massachusetts, which does not require the Change Notice 8 be followed until July 1, 2016, giving their agencies an additional year to budget for the changes and additional expenses.The two most significant changes brought on by change notice 8 to KKK-A1822-F are the addition of recommended practices from the Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE). Namely SAE J3026 Ambulance Patient Compartment Seating Integrity and Occupant Restraint and SAE J3027 Ambulance cot Integrity, Retention, and Patient Restraint (in all module seated positions). Both guidelines from SAE describe the test forces which manufacturers of seating and patient cots must certify to. Those G-forces are 22.5 Gs in a frontal impact and 26.0 Gs in a side impact. This is roughly equal to the initial forces seen in a head-on crash between a 10,000-pound ambulance and a 3,000-pound car, both traveling at 55 miles per hour. While much of the focus was given to the J3027 portion of Change Notice 8 because of its potential to significantly affect the cost of every new ambulance, depending on the type of compliant cot restraint system each agency decided to select, not much focus was given to the J3026 section of this change notice. As you will see in the below excerpt from KKK change notice 8, J3026 applies to all seats in the ambulance module. This includes attendant seats, CPR seats, squad bench seating and or any additional seating in the ambulance module.
3.11.4 PATIENT COMPARTMENT SEATING Delete Paragraph 3.11.4, and replace it with the following paragraphs: All seats in the patient compartment shall conform to all applicable FMVSS requirements and SAE J3026. The seats(s) shall be installed according to the seat manufacturer’s directions.
braun-ambulances-change-notice-8-compliant-small The SAE J3026 requirement is intended to simulate the impact of a crash sustained while belted in the ambulance module. ATD’s are required to be used and minimum criteria must be achieved from each ATD in order to meet the requirements of this test. Each seated position must be tested in both a front and side impact criteria. Below shows the details of SAE J3026.
4.1 Each Seating System shall be tested using one of the two following methods: 4.1.1 The Pedestal Seating System shall be mounted to a rigid sled device utilizing the mounting hardware locations and type(s) (e.g., number and type of fastener) prescribed by its manufacturer). The sled shall be capable of reproducing the crash pulse curves described in SAE J2917, Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity – Frontal Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment and SAE J2956, Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity – Side Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment. 4.1.2 The Bench or Jump Seating System shall include representative structure sufficient to fully attenuate ATD driven loading during performance of the sled test. The Bench or Jump Seating System and representative structure shall be mounted to a rigid sled device. The sled shall be capable of reproducing the crash pulse curves described in SAE J2917, Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity – Frontal Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment and SAE J2956, Occupant Restraint and Equipment Mounting Integrity – Side Impact System-Level Ambulance Patient Compartment.
As you can see from the documentation above, SAE J3026 requires that all manufacturers of seats being installed in an ambulance module are required to test their seating and belting configurations. This requirement holds true for seat manufacturers or any manufacturer that produces their own CPR or squad bench seating. Braun worked with CAPE testing facilities through several tests to develop a seating configuration that meets the requirements set forth in KKK-A1822-F Change Notice 8. Supporting documentation can be provided as needed to assure our customers that our seating has been tested and is compliant with Change Notice 8.

October 05, 2015 –

Demers Ambulance Manufacturer Announces the Introduction of a New Generation of MX 151 and MX 164

Vehicles designed to the new BNQ standard and featuring a redesigned patient compartment configuration to maximize occupant safety. Beloeil, Québec,  October 5, 2015 – Demers Ambulance Manufacturer Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of a new generation of Demers Type 3 MX 151 and MX 164 ambulances.  These new models are the result of several years of analysis and feedback gathered from members of the paramedical profession who have been working with three generations of prototypes, all designed to improve their working environment as well as the patient’s comfort. During the discussions with government authorities, this research contributed to better define the new BNQ standard that will apply to all ambulances ultimately used in Quebec. These new Demers ambulances, that will installed on Ford and GM vehicles and powered by diesel engines, will feature a safe and ergonomic patient compartment. The module was designed with two seats on the right side instead a traditional squad bench, allowing paramedics to optimally position themselves as they care for the patient, while also staying buckled in. The left side hosts mainly storage spaces. ”The safety of paramedics and patients has always been a priority for us at Demers,” said Alain Brunelle, President and General Manager of Demers Ambulance Manufacturer. “That’s why our company has been heavily involved since the early stages of the new standard definition and we have worked closely with several customers to understand their reality and their needs. We believe these new ambulances will satisfy their expectations and certainly maximize safety and comfort for all occupants. “ With the new standard, all occupants including paramedics in the ambulance compartment will remain seated and seat belted at all times, including during patient treatment. Equipment and supplies are accessible from the fixed seat. Moreover, even with this new seat configuration, it remains possible to carry two patients. “This is a major improvement for paramedics and we look forward to hearing their feedback,” also added Mr. Brunelle. Demers,Ambulance Manufacturer has confirmed orders for close to 150 units of these two new models, including orders from the Corporationd’Urgences Santé, the CPO(Coopérative des Paramédics de l’Outaouais) the CAMBI(Corporation ambulancière de Beauce inc.), the CTAQ(Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers du Québec)and many others. This order backlog already ensures a continuous production activity until October 2016.Important innovations Several innovations and new features have been developed for these new vehicles, such as:
  • The ALS compartment has been moved backward to insure greater accessibility from the fixed seat on the right side;
  • EcoSmart Anti-Idling system for reduced fuel consumption;
  • Heating and air conditioning systems with independently ducted vents;
  • Automotive-style flush mounted windows for improved aesthetics.
Introducing the  iNX  : The world’s first and only Integrated Patient Transport & Loading System

Just as the space shuttle revolutionized and simplified complex space travel and payload delivery to the International Space Station, the new Ferno iNX Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System, introduced to the EMS market in April, stands to revolutionize the way EMS crews secure, transfer and load patients in the field.

Developed by Ferno with significant feedback from EMS providers and industry leaders, the iNX supports many EMS needs, including lifting patients to the level of any ambulance patient compartment with minimal effort on the part of the EMS crew.
  • Ferno took into account key issues and needs of EMTs, paramedics and EMS system administrators captured through substantial market research and through feedback from medical directors, ergonomists, industrial designers, educators, safety risk managers, operations managers and field crews during the development of the iNX.
  • The iNX reduces the chance of provider back, shoulder or extremity strain/injury by completely transferring weight to and from the stretcher’s unique frame to the ground or ambulance patient compartment floor.
  • Features such as an integrated lighting system further contribute to provider safety.
  • The power-independent X-frame (iNX) technology allows EMS personnel to reduce lifting over stairs, curbs and other obstacles.
  • The iNX converts to a chair mode for easy patient transfer whenever necessary and fits easily into elevators and other tight space.

Published on Oct 10, 2013   

Ferno Team Members who serve on committees for NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and AMD (Ambulance Manufacturers Division of the National Truck Equipment Association) will offer an insider’s perspective on proposed standards including NFPA 1917, SAE J2917, and SAE J2956. They will also discuss upcoming changes and what they mean for agencies.

Please follow the following link for a video on this discussion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg67k30-Itk



Press Release for June 25, 2013    


For Immediate Release

Demers Ambulances has named LONE STAR EMERGENCY VEHICLES as their new dealer for the states of TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA AND oKLAHOMA

Beloeil, Quebec ¨C June 25, 2013 ¨C Demers Ambulances is proud to announce it has signed Lone Star Emergency Vehicles as their new dealer for the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.


We’re excited to join forces with Lone Star¡± said Benoit Lafortune, Executive Vice-President for Demers Ambulances. Their significant industry experience will give us great visibility in this market, and also give us key market intelligence. Thanks to their refined sales approach and their dedication to customer service, Lone Star will become a great asset to the Demers team.

One of the key things we seek in a partnership as an ambulance sales and service organization is the stability of the ambulance manufacturer. Demers Ambulances is not only one of the largest manufacturers of ambulances in North America, but aIso one of the oldest and most trusted brands. For over 50 years, Demers has built quality into their ambulance offering.  Given the recent instability in the ambulance market, changes in ownership and factory relocations, it is good to find a solid partner; that is exactly what we found with Demers.


Demers Ambulances is the Canadian leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ambulances, and one of the largest firms of its kind in North America. Over the past 50 years, Demers Ambulances has sold more than 15,000 ambulances to customers in over 20 countries. Demers Ambulances is accredited ISO 9001:2008 and certified by Transport Canada and the USA DOT, by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) in the USA within their “MEMBER VERIFICATION PROGRAM” and recognized as a “QUALIFIED VEHICLES MODIFIER” (QVM) by the Ford Motor Company and, approved up fitter for Mercedes Benz Sprinter Customer Assurance Program. Demers Ambulances meets the highest standards in the industry. To learn more about Demers Ambulances, visit www.demers-ambulances.com


For additional information on how to become a Demers dealer, please contact:


Benoit Lafortune

Executive Vice-President

Demers Ambulances

Toll Free: 1.800.363.7591 x. 272

Email: blafortune@demers-ambulances.com




Emergency Vehicle and SCR Maintenance Rule (Published June 8, 2012)

 EPA’s direct final rule for emergency vehicles went into effect August 7, 2012, allowing manufacturers of engines for fire trucks and ambulances to request modifications to emission control systems so they do not interfere with emergency missions.  In a parallel action, EPA also proposed revisions to establish minimum maintenance interval for urea refills with SCR systems.  EPA also proposed short-term relief for general purpose nonroad equipment during emergencies.  A public hearing was held June 27, 2012, and the comment period ended July 27, 2012.  Public comments and the hearing transcript are available in the rulemaking docket.   

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