Ambulance & Cot Equipment Testing


In the event an ambulance is involved in a collision, standards have been put in place to ensure the safety of the paramedics, patients, and passengers from falling/sliding debris within the ambulance. Calspan conducts non-destructive crash testing using our 1MN sled for ambulance equipment, including equipment mounts, cabinet testing, passenger seats, and compartment integrity.

Getting Your Ambulance & Cot Equipment Compliant

Ambulance accessory manufacturers who sell their product in the U.S. typically register with at least one of the following governing bodies:

  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services Ground Vehicle Standard (CAAS GVS)

All of these organizations have their own certified testing standards which complement SAE dynamic standards compliance for products that are used in occupant areas. In order for test results to be considered compliant, they must be performed by a third party with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, such as Calspan.


We are qualified to run tests for the U.S. and U.K.

The Calspan team will work with you, help you determine your test needs and make them happen. Known for our positive approach and flexible schedule, the team will work with you to ensure that your tests are executed in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Calspan has the right equipment and personnel expertise to perform the following ambulance & cot tests to SAE Standards.

Sled Pusles Standards

Sled Test Procedures

Many of the test procedures will require at least one frontal, one side, and one rear impact. 

In the case of testing to BN EN 1789, an additional vertical test mode is required.

Depending on the product, you may also have to perform both a curbside and driver-side impact. Details of each impact are listed below:

Part of the Gloabal Conversation

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