The Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (DRK, German Red Cross) in the Kreis Steinburg, Schleswig-Holstein, operated professional as well as volunteer services, using a variety of vehicles. The professional EMS branch has been dissolved, the area is now covered by the RKiSH. Note that the DRK was also responsible for the local 1. Fernmeldezug, a civil defence communications unit.
Krankentransportwagen (KTW) – Ambulance
Ambulance assigned to the local civil defence depot in Hohenlockstedt:
Ambulance of the volunteer branch, this was bought used from the ambulance services of the Hamburg fire brigade:
Krankenwagen (KTW, ambulance) on van basis, too short for an emergency ambulance:
Rettungswagen (RTW) – Emergency Ambulance
Rettungswagen (RTW, emergency ambulance) on a call with the NEF (see below):
Rettungswagen (RTW, emergency ambulance) of the newer “modular” type:
Notarztwagen (NAW) – Emergency Ambulance with Doctor
Notarztwagen (NAW), an emergency ambulance manned full-time by two paramedics and a doctor. The unusually low attachment of the blue lights is due to the vehicles’ overall height clashing (literally) with the low entrance of the ambulance bay at Itzehoe hospital.
Notarzteinsatzfahrzeug (NEF) – Emergency Doctor Car
Notarzteinsatzfahrzueg (NEF, emergency doctor car) on a call in the Breite Strasse of Itzehoe:
4-Tragen-Krankentransportwagen (KTW) – Civil Defence Ambulance (Four Stretchers)
End of the line for this Ford Transit (when I was spotted taking the image, I was informed that “we don’t really like photos like this”):
All-terrain ambulance, a conversion of a Volkswagen LT – these were bought by the Land Schleswig-Holstein after the “Schneekatastrophe” (literally “snow disaster”, winter 1978/79) and equipped for up to four stretcher cases:
Even more all-terrain, same period – a Unimog-based civil defence ambulance:
Arzttruppkraftwagen (ArztTrKW) – Civil Defence Ambulance (Doctor)
Sanitätsgruppenkraftwagen (SanGrKW) – Civil Defence Multi-Purpose Vehicle with Possible Ambulance Use
Behelfs-Krankentransportwagen – Multi-Purpose Vehicle with Possible Ambulance Use
Ortsverein Kellinghusen, personnel carrier and auxiliary ambulance:
Krankenfahrrad – Ambulance Bicycle
Behindertentransportwagen (BTW) – Wheelchair Ambulance
Einsatzleitwagen (ELW) – Command Unit
Control unit based on ex-Bundeswehr Volkswagen 181:
Control unit based on ex-German army Unimog wireless truck:
Mannschaftswagen (MTW) – Personnel Carrier
Personnel carrier for civil defence, ex Schleswig-Holstein police:
Ortsverein Kellinghusen, personnel carrier:
Personenwagen (PKW) – Utility Cars
Lastkraftwagen (LKW) – Truck
Utility truck for supplies and as a towing vehicle for the field kitchen. This massive beast was bought from the utilities provider Schleswag and was in use as a electricity supply repair truck with them before.
Anhänger – Trailers
Please note that these are scans from old 35mm slides in my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.