Do’s and Don’ts for Ambulance RentalsBy Dion Siluch
Whether you are renting an Ambulance for a local event or need an off-road Mobile Treatment Centre (MTC) for an industrial job site, here are a couple Do’s and Don’ts for a smooth rental experience.
– Don’t assume the rental Ambulance will have all the equipment you’ll need
on your jurisdiction, some provinces require different quantities of
medical supplies, access to resources (such as water) and certifications
for working in that particular area. Check with your OH&S code or
consult with your Health and Safety specialist to make sure your unit is
– Don’t use the rental Ambulance for anything other than patient transportation
means utilizing the emergency vehicles only for patient transports and
for on the job coverage. Using the rental to tow a trailer or as a ride
to the bar is against the rental contract and may result in damaging the
image of healthcare professionals.
– Don’t represent yourself as a government issued 911 Ambulance
is a provincial and federal offense to imitate or otherwise disguise as
a government service official. Rental Ambulances and Mobile Treatment
Centre’s are for private use only and are strictly meant for services
hired by contract.
– Do make sure you complete a walk through BEFORE picking up a rental
can be many surcharges and additional damage charges that can occur
during a rental. Make sure the healthcare professional or a company
representative completes a full walk through and sign-off before using
the emergency vehicle.
– Do ensure you have proper insurance and registration papers inside the rental vehicle
Ambulance and Mobile Treatment Centre rentals go to small and medium
size companies with fleet insurance policies. In the case where these
companies decline the optional insurance, a copy of the fleet insurance
must be inside the rental at all times.
– Do follow the regular maintenance schedule for the rental
rentals may last months while they provide emergency transport. Make
sure the follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance (such as
oil changes) provided in the owners manual. The responsibility of
optimal vehicle reliability should be the responsibility of the
professional that is using the equipment.