Cardiac ambulance

Location: Ulster Transport Museum / Museum of Innovation

This ambulance was the first in the world to be fitted with Professor Pantridge’s portable defibrillator. It was part of the Karrier ambulance fleet and repurposed for the mobile unit dedicated to the treatment of people with serious or acute heart problems. Initially, patients could only receive defibrillator treatment inside the ambulance as early examples were large and heavy. In 1968 Professor Anderson and Dr John Geddes created a lightweight portable version.