The Victoria Civil Ambulance Service (VCAS) was established in the city of Melbourne in 1916. Elsewhere in the state, many regional ambulance services came to be formed. In early 1959 the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute began to charter aircraft to bring patients from around the state to Melbourne for treatment. In 1962 a formal Victoria Air Ambulance service was created, chartering aircraft as required to transport patients to hospitals in Melbourne. In 1965 a dedicated aircraft was chartered, to deliver a better service than the previous ad-hoc operation. The aircraft fleet soon expanded, with successive charter contracts placed for bigger and better aircraft.
In 1986 the first helicopter was obtained, allowing emergency retrieval of patients. Circa 1988 the VCAS became the Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS), following the merger of a number of smaller services. Although focussed on delivering ambulance services in the greater Melbourne area, the MAS continued the Air Ambulance operation inherited from the VCAS. In a similar move outside of Melbourne, five regional ambulance service were merged into Rural Ambulance Victoria (RAV) in 1997 (1998?). On 1 July 2008 the MAS and RAV were merged to form a single state-wide ambulance service, known as Ambulance Victoria (AV).
|1916||Victorian Civil Ambulance Service (VCAS) established.|
|1959||Ad-hoc use of chartered aircraft for patients begins.|
|1 May 1962||Victoria Air Ambulance starts operations for VCAS.|
|29 June 1965||Dedicated air ambulance aircraft chartered.|
|1986||First helicopter acquired.|
|1988?||Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS) created from merger of VCAS with smaller services.|
|1997||Rural Ambulance Victoria (RAV) formed from merger of five regional services.|
|1 July 2008||Ambulance Victoria formed from merger of MAS and RAV.|
AAV aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.
No plans known.
AAV helicopters have operated with a white cabin and red tailboom, and red/white stripe along the fuselage underside. The AV insignia appears on the cabin door and the titles AMBULANCE appear on the tail boom. The AW139s have a modified colour scheme, with a broad blue band marking the division between the red and white areas.
The fixed wing aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a blue/white/red fuselage cheatline, AMBULANCE VICTORIA titles on the rear fuselage and the AV logo on the fin.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
The VAS aircraft and helicopters initially carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Cessna 402 VH-BUS, but more recently carry registrations in a special VH-VAx sequence, e.g. Super King Air 200 VH-VAI.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Aerospatiale AS365N Dauphin 2||1||1||0||EMS|
|Beech Super King Air 200||8||4||0||Air Ambulance|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Aero Commander Shrike Commander||5||1962||1979||contractor|
|Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2||1||1986||2001||contractor|
|Aerospatiale AS365N Dauphin 2||1||2001||current||contractor|
|Beech 55 Twin Bonanza||2||1965||1971||contractor|
|Beech Super King Air 200||8||1998||current||RFDS|
|Cessna 404 Titan||6||1989||1998||contractor|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
To be added.
Ambulance Victoria, 375 Manningham Road, Doncaster, Victoria 3108.
No subordinate units.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
The five helicopters are based at based at Essendon, Bendigo, the Latrobe Valley and Warrnambool. The fixed-wing aircraft are based at Essendon airport.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added
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