DRK Ostalbkreis

The German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz) in the Ostalbkreis, Baden-Württemberg, operates professional as well as volunteer services, using a variety of vehicles.

Krankentransportwagen (KTW) – Ambulance

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-RK 203 - ® Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-RK 203 – ® Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-RK 809 - ® Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-RK 809 – ® Bernd Biege

Note that the “Mercedes Star” in the hood ornament has been replaced by a red cross!

Rettungswagen (RTW) – Emergency Ambulance

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-RK 744 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-RK 744 – © Bernd Biege

Notarztwagen (NAW) – Emergency Ambulance with Doctor

Notarztwagen (NAW), an emergency ambulance manned full-time by two paramedics and a doctor. Spotted at Stuttgart’s Katharinenhospital.

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-RK 901 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-RK 901 – © Bernd Biege

4-Tragen-Krankentransportwagen (KTW) – Civil Defence Ambulance (Four Stretchers)

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-8002 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-8002 – © Bernd Biege

Personenwagen – Utility Car

Personnel carrier and utility vehicle of the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – nothing less than a Mercedes would do, it seems. Spotted in Stuttgart in the early 1990s and sporting a very distinctive blue light and siren combination. This would normally mounted directly onto the roof, the version with twin roof bars is, well, unusual to say the least. Also note the markings … none at all on the driver’s side, but a red cross sticker on the passenger side. Looks makeshift all over, though the registration (croix rouge) hints at an official vehicle.

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-CR 977 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-CR 977 – © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-CR 977 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-CR 977 – © Bernd Biege

Mannschaftswagen (MTW) – Personnel Carrier

Used by the social services:

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-RK 313 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-RK 313 – © Bernd Biege

Lastkraftwagen – Truck

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis - AA-WV 64 - © Bernd Biege
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ostalbkreis – AA-WV 64 – © Bernd Biege

Please note that this a scan from an old 35mm slide from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.

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