Identify These Emergency Vehicles!

By: Todd Betzold

Identify These Emergency Vehicles!
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About This Quiz

The sirens are blaring and you know there is some kind of emergency going on. You truly wonder what it could possibly be. You pull over to let the emergency vehicle go by, as it's killing your ears from the loud sirens blaring. That is when you notice it is an ambulance, so someone must be having a health crisis!

This happens on a daily basis for many people, as our curiosity is always spiked when an ambulance or fire truck go by. We want to know what is going on, but we also want to follow behind them to the scene of the crime! That might be a bad choice, so you should just continue on your way to work and stop trying!

Because of the infatuation many of us have with emergency vehicles, we have come to figure out who they are representing just by seeing it. That is what we are testing you on today! Can you tell if the photo is a picture of an ambulance, fire truck or something else?

Don't get overconfident either, as you think you might know what you are talking about, but this quiz has some tricky ones in there! Can you get past it and ace this quiz?

4 ambulance GettyImages-184358014 What vehicle is this, which helps transport patients to the hospital?
Fire truck
Ambulance
An ambulance is the type of vehicle that will transport patients to their treatment. In emergencies, they will provide out-of-hospital medical care.
Dog unit vehicle
Police car

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1 MI_State_Police_Properties_Patrol_Car This is an easy start, but what type of emergency vehicle is this?
Ambulance
Fire truck
State Police car
Most states do a yearly inspection of the vehicles to see if upgrades are needed.
Hazmat vehicle

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6 NSWFB_HAZMAT_Unit These vehicles are needed in specific situations. What are they called?
Fire truck
Police car
K-9 unit vehicle
Hazmat vehicle
Hazmat is short for hazardous materials. These vehicles are brought in when hazardous materials are present.

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34 Military_Ambulance_Suisse You will see these more in war zones. What is it?
Hazmat vehicle
K-9 unit vehicle
Fire truck
Military ambulance
Military ambulances are trucks that have been modified and help with the transport of casualties to medical aid stations or long-distance transportation. They are marked with the red cross.

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9 Summit_County_Ohio_Sheriffs_Office_SWAT_vehicle This is a specialized vehicle, but what is it used for?
K-9 unit vehicle
SWAT vehicle
This is a special vehicle that is used by police departments to transport heavily-armed members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Because of the situation, the vehicles are often armored.
Fire truck
Hazmat vehicle

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20 Mobile health vehicle You can find this vehicle around communities. What is it?
Mobile health vehicle
A mobile health vehicle is your doctor's office brought to you. It is a mobile medical office that can provide you with easy access to primary care, screenings, immunizations and more.
Police car
K-9 unit vehicle
Fire truck

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32 Ambulance bus What would this emergency vehicle be called?
K-9 unit bus
Ambulance bus
An ambulance bus is a way to treat multiple patients at one time who may need ambulance care. These come in handy when a natural disaster occurs.
Prison bus
Police bus

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11 Devon_Air_Ambulance_G-DAAT A registered charity operates this emergency vehicle in London, but what is it?
Air ambulance
This is called London's Air Ambulance and it's a British registered charity. They operate a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, which allows them to respond to serious trauma emergencies in and around London.
Air fire truck
Air supply
Air K-9 unit

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24 british ambulance GettyImages-118317729 In the United Kingdom, what are these yellow-checkered vehicles for?
Fire truck
K-9 unit vehicle
Emergency ambulance
In the United Kingdom, emergency care is free to everyone. This includes ambulance and emergency department treatment.
Police car

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10 Airport_Crash_Tender_Nato_Day_2007 What is this specialized vehicle called, which is used in Germany?
Airport crash tender
An airport crash tender is a specialized fire engine. The one pictured is called the "FLF Panther" and it is designed to use in aircraft rescue and firefighting.
Fire truck
Hazmat vehicle
K-9 unit vehicle

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5 fire truck GettyImages-182819377 Hopefully you don't see this vehicle too often in your neighborhood. What is it?
Ambulance
Hazmat vehicle
Fire truck
The vehicle is designed for firefighting operations. The purpose of the vehicle is mainly to bring the firefighters to the scene, provide water to fight the fire and carry equipment the firefighters will need.
Police care

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21 Mobile Command Vehicle Part of Homeland Security, what are these emergency vehicles called?
Police bus
Water cannon
Mobile Command Vehicle
These vehicles are used in emergency situations. They are deployed to enhance or reestablish communication and coordination.
Armored vehicle

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27 Bomb squad vehicle This emergency vehicle goes by which name?
Ambulance
Hazmat vehicle
Bomb squad vehicle
Bomb squad vehicles need to allow for quick deployment. They are also designed to make room for a robot.
Police cruiser

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22 National_Park_Service_ranger_vehicle This vehicle would be helping out at a state park, but what is it?
Fire truck
EMS vehicle
Park ranger vehicle
A park ranger is responsible for protecting and preserving the parklands. Since those can be large areas, they are given vehicles to drive around in.
K-9 unit vehicle

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35 Venice_Water_Ambulance This is a unique one, but what is this emergency vehicle called?
Water police
Water fire department
Water ambulance
The water ambulance is used in Venice, Italy, the Isles of Sicily and other places. It's a boat used to provide medical care in these island areas.
Hydrolance

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29 CNSAS helicopter In Italy, what is these emergency vehicles used for?
Mountain SAR rescue helicopter
CNSAS is a voluntary agency in Italy that provides search and rescue (SAR) relief efforts in mountains. The helicopters help survey the mountain areas for danger.
Hazmat vehicle
Park ranger vehicle
EMS vehicle

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2 EMS_Administration_vehicle_Memphis_TN_2012_06_24_004 This is a twist on a "normal" vehicle of this type you would see. What is it?
Ambulance
Police car
Dog vehicle unit
EMS vehicle
An EMS vehicle does respond to emergency situations. However, it is not designed to transport a patient, like an ambulance would.

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31 ERanger-Sudan09 UNICEF helped bring these emergency vehicles to South Sudan, but what are they?
Motorcycle bikes
eRanger motorcycle ambulance
UNICEF helped bring five eRanger motorcycle ambulances to help pregnant women in Southern Sudan. The pilot study worked and more ambulances have been brought to the area since.
Motorcycle police
Motorcycle fire vehicles

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15 hospital train What would this emergency vehicle be called, which is used in Russia?
Hospital train
This is called Terapevt Matvey Mudrov and is a train-based mobile medical center. In Russia, it is operated in partnership with Russian Railways.
Blood bank
K-9 unit train
Hazmat train

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38 Toronto_Fire_Services_District_Chief_vehicle Which emergency vehicle is this?
Police chief's vehicle
Fire chief's vehicle
This is the vehicle used by the fire chief at the scene of a fire. It's similar to police cars, but the red makes it stand out more.
Police car
Ambulace

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13 police bicycle GettyImages-172732027 They are slower, but often help out in crowded areas. What is this?
Mountain bike
Fire bicycle
EMS bicycle
Police bicycle
A police bicycle is designed to meet the requirements needed for that specific department or unit. They are able to get through crowded areas and sidewalks more easily than a police car.

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18 Abu Dhabi Police Car This type of vehicle in Abu Dhabi cost $3.4 million. What is it?
Police car
This is a Lykan Hypersport, which the Abu Dhabi police added to their force in 2015. It cost $3.4 million and has a 2.8-second 0-60 mph time and 240 mph top speed.
K-9 unit vehicle
FBI vehicle
Fire truck

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25 Merseyside Fire Bike These emergency vehicles are used in Merseyside, but what for?
Fire bike
These have been used by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service since 2005. They include water liters, so they can contain small fires and allow the bigger trucks to work on bigger fires.
Police bicycle
Ambulance bicycle
Hot rod

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37 Motoambulans_BMW_RT_1200 What are these emergency vehicles used in Poland called?
Motorcycle police
Motorcycle ambulance
These motorcycle ambulances are used in Poland's high-traffic citycenters. They normally carry one or two persons, a first aid kit and automated external defibrillator.
Motorcycle fire safety vehicles
Motorcycle K-9 unit

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14 French_Peugeot_Traveler_Gendarmerie_Car You can find these in France, but what is it?
Police car
It's a little smaller than the police cars we have in the United States, but it works in France.
Hazmat vehicle
Ambulance
Fire truck

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19 Unmarked_Police_Car While it looks like a normal vehicle, what is this called?
Police car
Fire car
Unmarked car
Many police forces use unmarked cars. They are used mainly for traffic enforcement or by detectives, as it allows them to not be recognized and to catch a criminal in the act.
Ambulance car

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7 Blood_Bike_Ireland This one makes our heart melt. What is it?
Motorcycle ambulance
Motorcycle police
Motorcycle hazmat vehicle
Blood bike
In England, these bikes belong to a network of volunteer Blood Bikes groups. They provide motorcycle courier services of blood, tissue and organs to and from hospitals.

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26 NSW_police_canine_unit This is a specialized vehicle in Australia, which is used for what?
AFP ambulance
AFP fire truck
AFP dog unit van
These are vehicles owned by the Australian Federal Police that have been designed to transport police dogs, as you can see with the installation of cages. The vehicles are usually marked to let people know that a police dog is on board.
AFP emergency services vehicle

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17 Auxiliary_Medical_Service_Motorcycle These are found in Hong Kong, but what does it provide?
Motorcycle ambulance
The Hong Kong Fire Services Department established the first motorcycle program in 1982. Later they discovered that motorcycles are helpful when responding to medical calls, so they added more motorcycles into the mix. They now have 35 motorcycles.
Motorcycle police
Motorcycle rides
Motorcycle Uber

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12 Emergency Physician Rapid Response Car What do they call this emergency vehicle in Germany?
Police car
Emergency Physician Rapid Response Car
In Germany, these are called NEF from NotarztEinsatzFahrzeug, where Notarzt is Emergency Physician, Einsatz is Mission and Fahrzeug is Vehicle. They are staffed with an emergency physician and paramedic and normally called out for serious calls only.
Fire response vehicle
Hazmat vehicle

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36 Hong_Kong_Police_Unimog_1 Hong Kong introduced these emergency vehicles, but what are they?
Police tanks
Fire tanks
Ambulances
Armored Personnel Carrier
These are new armored Unimog vehicles used in Hong Kong. They are used to carry personnel in emergencies, and provide enhanced response capabilities and ballistic protection.

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3 Mobile-stroke-unit-exterior This vehicle is very specific in what it does, but what is it?
Dog unit vehicle
Mobile stroke unit
Since stroke treatment is highly time-sensitive, a mobile stroke unit helps treat patients who have had a stroke. In addition to normal ambulance equipment, you will also find a device for brain imaging and a point-of-care laboratory.
Paramedics
Fire truck

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40 Rescue motor boat Used by lifeguards, what is this emergency vehicle called?
Boat patrol
Fire water rescue
Rescue motor boat
A rescue motor boat is sometimes used by lifeguards, as they help when victims are far from the shore or if there is a big wave.
Hazmat vehicle

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28 Rapid-response bicycle What do you call this emergency vehicle from London?
Bicycle police
Bicycle firefighter
Bicycle hazmat
Rapid-response bicycle
These are used by cycle responders in places like Heathrow Airport and the City of London. They are part of the London Ambulance Service.

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39 Ambucycle What are these emergency vehicles called in Israel?
Emergency ambulance
Ambucycle
These are motorcycles equipped with a case to hold medical equipment. They are manned by volunteers in Israel to respond to medical emergencies, when needed.
Motorcycle ambulance
Motorcycle police

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8 TOMA30_(3) In Turkey, what is this emergency vehicle called?
Fire truck
Ambulance
Police tank
TOMA water cannon
This was founded in Turkey, as it is an armored water cannon used for riot control. It is designed to protect against ballistic threats and has been exported to Azerbaijan, Libya, Zimbabwe, Georgia and Kazakhstan for use.

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33 Policja motorowki Can you identify this emergency vehicle?
Policja patrol boats
In Poland, the patrol boats are used by the Policja. They cruise the waterways, like in Warsaw.
Coast Guard
Fire boat
K-9 unit boat

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23 british police car GettyImages-sb10064202g-001 What slang is this emergency vehicle known as?
Police cruiser
Jam sandwich
This is British slang for a police car. As you can see by the color scheme, it's reminiscent of a jam sandwich, which has jam placed between two slices of white bread.
Hamburger
Police car

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16 Panhard PVP This emergency vehicle is called what?
Armored police vehicle
Water cannon
Ambulance
Panhard PVP
This is a general-purpose armored 4-wheel drive vehicle used by the French Army. They are often used by the Research and Intervention Brigade, also called BRI, and the Anti-Gang Brigade, which is a unit of the French National Police.

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30 British panda car The name of this emergency vehicle is _____.
Police car
Fire vehicle
Panda car
This vehicle type comes from British police cars, as they were called "panda cars" because of the large panels of light blue and white. They were never painted black and white, but it comes from popular British television and TVs being black and white at the time.
K-9 unit vehicle

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