Porsches for the fire-brigade ... in Stuttgart, of course

Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 02:47 pm

The Cayennes use the 286bhp 3.6-litre V6. But they've been fitted with all the kit that an emergency vehicle needs: blue light bars, sirens, a radio and GPS plus medical apparati.

Because ... the cars aren't for fire duties but for the emergency physicians -
in Germany, in emergency cases, a doctor usually attends in a seperate car, meeting the ambulance at the scene.


(Emergency medical services (EMS) either by ambulance or helicopter and permanently staffed with a trained emergency physician ("Notarzt"), who can reach any victim of trauma or patient with an acute medical problem must be provided within 8"12 minutes after the call is received by an emergency dispatch center as mandated by the emergency and rescue provider regulations of the German state governments.)

Source: Porsche photo service, Stuttgart locale press
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 02:59 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Emergency physicians in Germany have a rather different status than their Anglo-American counterparts.
Firstly, emergency medicine is not a recognized specialty in Germany. Emergency physicians in this country are mostly anesthetists, internists or surgeons who perform rescue medicine in addition to their primary employment.
Secondly, German emergency physicians work in the prehospital field only. In the hospitals emergency patients are take care of by residents or specialists of the respective specialties.
Thirdly, there are no Anglo-American-style emergency departments in Germany. Emergency patients are typically transported to an admission ward of the respective specialty or to an ICU.

Although they work in the prehospital field only, emergency physicians are nevertheless a major part of the emergency medical system in Germany. All of Germany is covered by a two-tier emergency medical service. Ambulance attendants with a rescue vehicle respond to each emergency. In potentially life-threatening cases an emergency physician on duty is sent to the scene, too, by way of either an emergency response vehicle or by a rescue helicopter.

German emergency physicians respond to about 1,5 million emergency calls a year. That means that with approximately 80 million people in Germany they see about 1.9 % of the population annually. Medical emergencies account for nearly 60 % of the emergency physicians’ actions and traffic accidents count for about 13 % of the calls, criminal incidents are seen rarely. The medium response time is 9 minutes for emergency physicians nationwide. There is generally a high standard of medical care at the scene. Following the German idea of prehospital care the approach at the scene is more "stay and play" than "load and go".

In addition to this emergency medical service, Germany is also covered by a secondary system of specialized vehicles and helicopters for inter-hospital-transfers, staffed by emergency physicians or intensivists.

Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 03:11 pm
@Walter Hinteler,

(Source: Stuttgart Fire Brigade)

Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 03:11 pm
@Walter Hinteler,

From the Porsche Press Release
One of the fastest emergency vehicles, fully suited for rough terrain as well, has been developed in Zuffenhausen. With laborious hand work, 15 trainees of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart have converted the sport utility vehicle Cayenne S into a very modern deployment vehicle for rescue workers. The prototype will be employed by Health and Safety Services.

The interior of the original production vehicle from the first Cayenne generation was completely modified. The rear seat and passenger seat had to give way to an aluminum frame construction, onto which the stretcher can be slid through the tailgate of the vehicle. A seat for the emergency doctor was set up adjacent to the stretcher. The modified Cayenne S provides the doctor with highly modern medical equipment for administering first aid to the patient. Among other equipment, an EKG with a defibrillator an electroshock device for treating patients with ventricular fibrillation , an electrical suction pump, an emergency backpack and various rescue tools are included.

The maneuverable vehicle considerably improves the chances for rescue in difficult terrain. Thanks to a permanent all-wheel drive with reduction gears and a locking central differential, a versatile off-road chassis and high ground clearance, the vehicle also reaches remote locations off the beaten track and can handle slopes of up to 45 degrees. A further advantage is its air suspension including the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive dampening system - this permits especially careful transport of patients.

The idea for the concept of the Cayenne emergency vehicle came from Porsche Health Management. The industrial physicians have given the trainees the task of building four emergency vehicles, which are destined for the Porsche plants in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and Weissach in Baden-Wrttemberg as well as the Leipzig plant. The Cayenne will also be stationed at the Porsche test track in Weissach.

Porsche trainees have since gained extensive experience in equipping special vehicles. Six Cayennes have already been prepared with different equipment for use in fire fighting, plant security and Health and Safety Services. "Every vehicle is unique with very special solutions. These special projects permit cross-divisional teamwork with the experience of mechanical designers, electronic specialists, vehicle mechatronic specialists, vehicle equipment assemblers and painters. The challenging task which requires the greatest handworking skills and precise work, motivates the young men and women," Porsche Head of Training Dieter Esser said. The special attraction is the production of a product which is extremely useful instead of practical experience in purely didactical way.
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 04:23 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
walter :

in canada a "notarzt" who would arrive when an ambulance is called out , is an "unknown" .
"emergency doctors" (trauma specialists) are part of a hospital's emergency room team .
when "911" is called in a medical emergency an ambulance staffed by an emergency team is usually despatched . this team includes a "paramedic" who can make an on-the-spot assessment of the patient . often - in addition to the regular routine assesment - an EKG will be performed in the patient's home or on the way to the hospital and the emergency room will be informed of the patient's conditions prior to arrival .
in case of a suspected heart-attack the local fire department will also respond with the necessary equipment to assist the patient .
so we can sometimes see the ambulance chasing the firetruck - sometimes that's quite spectaclular .
since we live only about a mile from both a firestation and and ambulance depot , there is plenty of noise at times .
our hospital is a regional trauma centre whose service area extends all the way north to hudson bay and a fair number of patients arrive by helicopter ambulance on a regular basis .
btw ambulances and fire-trucks must obey the traffic signals . they are allowed to proceed on a red light if an intersection is clear , but they are not allowed to "bulldoze" . many traffic lights can now be changed remotely by the emergency vehicle crew as they come up to a traffic light .

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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:35 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Hmmm, where's Dys?
Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 01:56 pm
diane wrote :

Re: Walter Hinteler (Post 3396857)
Hmmm, where's Dys?

i bet dys is testdriving one on the PORSCHE CARS with BLUELIGHT !
can picture him zooming down the autobahn - all lights flashing !

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