Citaro enters Guinness Book of Records

By: Jason Whittaker


A Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated bus has won an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest ambulance. At

A Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated bus has won an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest ambulance.

At a record attempt in Germany last Friday (September 25, 2009) it was determined that the 20.03 metre vehicle - which acts as a large-capacity emergency ambulance in Dubai - has the capacity to treat and carry up to 123 people.

Representatives from the Centre of Ambulance Services of the Government of Dubai, which owns the vehicle, were in attendance as the official Guinness Book judges took the measurements to determine the precise carrying capacity of the Citaro.

Aid workers from the German Red Cross, the St. John's Ambulance organisation and the Samaritans simulated a major incident in which numerous accident victims received medical treatment simultaneously.

This simulation revealed that the large-capacity emergency ambulance is capable of treating and transporting up to 123 people.

The variant of the articulated bus which broke the world record has an overall length of 20.03 metres (including a rear-mounted medical-supplies box) and is the third Mercedes-Benz large-capacity emergency ambulance to be delivered to Dubai.

Two standard buses measuring 12 metres in length and one articulated bus measuring 18 metres in length are used as large-capacity emergency ambulances in Dubai.

The entry in the Guinness Book of records is attributed to the companies which designed, built and equipped the bus, which include: Von Bergh Global Medical Consulting, Gebr. Heymann GmbH, Cytomed Middle East and EvoBus GmbH.

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