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Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulance

The KKK-A-1822 standard was created by the General Services Administration of the United States Federal Government as a guideline for the proper construction of an ambulance.

Click on the link below to view the latest standard for ambulance construction (PDF).

KKK-A-1822F (August 1, 2007)


NFPA 1917 (2013 edition)

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) released the Standard for Automotive Ambulances (NFPA 1917) on Sept. 25, 2012. The standard applies to new ambulances contracted for purchase on or after Jan. 1, 2013. The standard is expected to replace the Federal KKK-A-1822 Ambulance Purchasing Guide (commonly referred to as the KKK) that is anticipated to expire in October 2013.

What is NFPA 1917

NFPA 1917 was developed with consideration of the Federal Specification KKK-A-1822 and NFPA 1901: Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, NFPA 1917 defines the minimum requirements for the design, performance, and testing of new automotive ambulances intended for use under emergency conditions to provide medical treatment and transportation of sick or injured people to appropriate medical facilities.

What does NFPA 1917 address?

The Standard presents general requirements for ambulance design and performance, along with standalone chapters for ambulance components, including chassis, patient compartment, low voltage electrical systems and warning devices, and line voltage electrical systems. NFPA 1917 also specifies provisions for test methods.

When will the next edition of NFPA 1917 be released?

The 2016 edition of NFPA 1917 is currently open for public comment. The 2016 edition will be released in 2015.




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