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
Note that the “Mercedes Star” in the hood ornament has been replaced by a red cross!
Rettungswagen (RTW) – Emergency Ambulance
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.
4-Tragen-Krankentransportwagen (KTW) – Civil Defence Ambulance (Four Stretchers)
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.
Mannschaftswagen (MTW) – Personnel Carrier
Used by the social services:
Lastkraftwagen – Truck
Please note that this a scan from an old 35mm slide from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.