Since its founding, the Ambulance Manufacturers Division (AMD) has worked closely with all State and Federal regulatory agencies. Some of the more significant projects with which it has been directly involved include:
- Coordination with the General Services Administration (GSA) in the development and revision of the Federal Specification for Ambulances KKK-A-1822.
- Development of performance test procedures for ambulances.
- Current AMD Standards for:
AMD001 Static Load Test For Ambulance Body Structure
AMD002 Body Door Retention Components Test
AMD003 Oxygen Tank Retention System
AMD004 Litter Retention Test
AMD005 Ambulance 12-Volt DC Electrical System
AMD006 Sound Level Test Code For Ambulance Compartment Interiors
AMD007 Carbon Monoxide Levels For Ambulance Compartment Interiors
AMD008 Load Test For Ambulance Patient Compartment Grab Rail
AMD009 120 VAC Electrical Systems
AMD010 Water Spray Test For Ambulances
AMD011 Ambulance Equipment Temperature Test
AMD012 Ambient Temperature Test
AMD013 Weight Distribution
AMD014 Cooling System Test
AMD015 Ambulance Main Oxygen System Test
AMD Standards are those by which all newly manufactured ambulances must conform. Before a standard is adopted, it is scrutinized by review panels from the AMD, industry experts, the GSA and all interested parties. All comments are considered and appropriate revisions are made before a standard is voted on for adoption.
All of the above AMD tests have been incorporated into the latest revision of KKK-A-1822.
Most AMD members maintain staff engineers to keep their companies abreast of technological advances applying to the manufacture of ambulance bodies, electrical systems, environmental systems, and other ambulance components. These advances are incorporated into new ambulance models thereby continuously improving the industry through competition. No governmental agency dictates that AMD members make these improvements; they are done voluntarily to upgrade the product, make it more reliable, and provide even more dependable life-support capabilities.