For approximately 25 years, the manufacture of ambulances in this country has been represented by an association dedicated to the production of safe, state-of-the-art vehicles. Chances are you never knew that. Chances are you have never heard of an organization called the AMD, and if you had, you probably didn`t know what it was or what it stood for.
Why? Because the organization has always worked quietly behind the scenes, dedicated to the manufacture of ambulances second to none in the world.
That organization is the Ambulance Manufacturers Division (AMD) of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).
The NTEA is the only trade association representing the nation`s manufacturers and distributors of commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment trailers and accessories. NTEA members include companies that produce every conceivable configuration of commercial trucks, including highly specialized vehicles, such as ambulances, snow and ice-control vehicles and several types of buses.
The NTEA provides its nearly 1,600 member companies with resource materials, technical assistance and business improvement programs. Headquartered in suburban Detroit, the NTEA interacts directly with the major truck chassis manufacturers on product compatibility issues. From its government relations office in the nation`s capital, the Association keeps its members advised of changing regulations affecting commercial trucks and lobbies on the industry`s behalf.
The AMD was founded in 1976 and became a division of the NTEA to further enhance its position in the industry and depth of professionalism. The organization has grown dramatically over the past six years as more and more ambulance manufacturers and industry-related companies realize the value and significance of being an AMD member. Currently composed of approximately 60 companies, the AMD has consistently maintained representation of over 90% of the ambulance production in the United States.