The German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz) in the Wetteraukreis, Hesse, operates professional as well as volunteer services, using a variety of vehicles.
Krankentransportwagen (KTW) – Ambulances
Veteran Mercedes ambulance, still in active use with volunteers in the early 1980s:
Newer Mercedes in Bad Vilbel, early 1980s:
Rettungswagen (RTW) – Emergency Ambulances
The inclusion of the area “Wetteraukreis” in the illuminated sign is highly unusual – this vehicle was stationed in Bad Vilbel.
In tandem with a Notarzteinsatzfahrzeug (see below):
Vehicle “on the run” in Friedberg:
Notarzteinsatzfahrzeug (NEF) – Emergency Doctor Car
Gerätewagen Schnelleinsatzgruppe (GW-SEG) – Support Unit for Fast Response Teams
As a veteran in the Deutsches Feuerwehrmuseum, Fulda:
Please note that most of these images are scans from old 35mm slides in my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.