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Horton Emergency Vehicles

For over 20 years, VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has been a dealer for Horton Emergency Vehicles, growing to cover the territories of Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. With a main headquarters located in Grove City, Ohio, the Horton Ambulance is an industry leader in engineering, safety, and testing standards.

Horton Emergency Vehicles was one of the true pioneers among van ambulance builders of the late 1960's. As the industry evolved, the company lead the development of the initial "Heartmobile" units that were later to become paramedic ambulances. MORE ON HISTORY >

Innovation has always been in the Horton Emergency Vehicles' reputation and because of this there are many ways that Horton stands apart from other manufacturers when it comes to the features. Whether is Sound Control, Electronic Privacy Glass or an Energy Absorbing Rear Step, Horton has the resources to develop new technology to meet any department's needs. MORE ON FEATURES >

In order to ensure the highest product integrity, the development of innovative products has always been combined with extensive product testing programs. Units are subjected to all required testing and procedures as outlined in Federal Ambulance Specifications and Ford Quality Vehicle Modifier guidelines. In addition, Horton ambulances have undergone rigorous Hyge sled crash testing to ensure equipment stability and the reliability of mounting systems and cabinet attachments. MORE ON VEHICLE SAFETY >

While the five steps to safety are fairly easy to define, the verification methods are not quite as clear cut. One thing that stands out immediately is that all verification programs must include dynamic testing. Accidents simply do not happen in a slow, progressive manner. They are instantaneous and they are violent. MORE ON VEHICLE TESTING METHODS >


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“When it comes to safety for our EMTs and the patient, no competitive vehicle comes close to a Horton. And no other dealer compares to VCI in sales, service and support.”

-President Paul Mercready and Captain Joan Tarr
Whiting First Aid Squad
Whiting, New Jersey

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Horton History

Horton Emergency Vehicles was one of the true pioneers among van ambulance builders of the late 1960's. As the industry evolved, the company lead the development of the initial "Heartmobile" units that were later to become paramedic ambulances. The first inhalation areas to feature plumbed oxygen and suction systems were developed by Horton. Other Horton innovations grew to include the all-aluminum welded body, modular cabinetry, electronically-controlled oxygen systems, electronic throttle controls, solid state electronics, vehicle diagnostics and electrical load management.

Over the year's Horton has grown to be one of the emergency vehicle industry's most technologically-advanced ambulances and rescue vehicles The Horton ambulances are engineered and built in two highly-sophisticated facilities located in Grove City, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

The main building, boasting 105,000 square foot of room, was designed specifically for manufacturing high quality, custom-designed emergency medical vehicles and features the latest in computer technology for engineering, manufacturing and customer service.

The second facility, Horton Southwest, is a 75,000 square foot building just around the corner from Horton's main plant. It houses a service facility and the stockroom, as well as manufacturing stations of key components.

Horton Features

What makes Horton Emergency Vehicles the best in the industry? It is the complete package, from your design and Horton's engineering, from safely formulated interiors and exteriors! Click on an item in the following content for a sampling of just a few Horton features.

Impact Testing

Is your Ambulance Horton Safe? Impact testing for more than 30 years, airbags, three-point seatbelts and advanced head protection all culminate in HOPS, Horton Occupant Protection. Truly, Safety with Substance. LEARN MORE >


Intelliplex is Horton's exclusive multiplex electrical system. Multiplex allows Horton to use micro-voltage signals to operate vehicle systems, lessening electrical loads and providing direct feedback on lighting, oxygen systems and more. With solid state switching, labeled wiring and a modular design make maintenance and diagnostics easy. LEARN MORE >

VI Tech

Concerned about Ride? Our chassis-tuned VI Tech mounting system is the safest tested system with superior sound isolation characteristics.


Patient Area Contamination

Is your Ambulance Interior Horton Safe? Long the leader in crash testing, Horton has attacked patient area contamination on two fronts: antimicrobial protection and the elimination of wood. LEARN MORE >

Horton Unique Features

And last, but not least are a series of Horton Exclusive Features.

There are many ways a Horton Emergency Vehicle stands apart from the others: unparalleled quality, durability and safety, but also innovations. Only Horton has the resources to develop new technology to meet your needs. Click on an item in the menu for a sampling of just a few Horton features.

Horton-exclusive features including standards such as Sound Control (Improved patient care) and options like our Electronic Privacy Glass (patient and EMT privacy), Energy Absorbing Rear Step (Protect your vehicle), Customized Interiors, and Keyless Entry (Security at the touch of a button) and more.  LEARN MORE >

Horton Safety

Accidents simply do not happen in a slow, progressive manner. They are instantaneous and they are violent. Knowing this and that safety is one of Horton's number one priorities, many measures were taken to make sure that the crew and patients who ride in a Horton ambulance or rescue vehicle are as safe as possible.

Seat Belts

Seatbelts are just the starting point in occupant safety, not the total solution. Industry standards require static pull tests to insure the belts stay attached, but dynamic testing is the only way to check the true effectiveness of a belt solution. Notice the large wiring harness coming from the Hybrid III test dummies in the picture on the right.

Horton’s detachable three-point harness system is used in conjunction with barrier seat bolsters to confine the occupant in fairly open spaces. The detachable feature on the over the shoulder portion of the harnesses on the squad bench and the CPR seat permits the EMT to move forward to access the patient without removing his seat belt. LEARN MORE >

Head Protection Cushion System

Progressive resistance dissipates the energy throughout a laminated protective surface to eliminate the bottoming effect and offer additional protection much like that provided by high impact sports and racing helmets. Numerous combinations and materials were evaluated using high tech cannon fires at the test laboratory. LEARN MORE >


Early rollover testing revealed impact areas and pointed the way to the solution: a combination of airbags, advanced restraints and progressive resistance head protection. All three were repeatedly tested.

Two types of airbags are deployed in a side impact rollover collision: the Inflatable Head Curtain protects the attendant from the inhalation area cabinet. The Tubular Structure airbag is used with the attendant and the CPR seats for additional head protection. LEARN MORE >

HOPS Rollover Sensor

HOPS will not deploy during a frontal or side-impact crash. A roll sensor calculates both the angle of the vehicle and the speed at which it’s rolling to determine when to fire the airbag restraints. LEARN MORE >

Horton Testing Methods

In reality, it only makes sense that any testing program employed to verify safety and integrity should entail all five kinds of accepted methods used and accepted by the automotive industry. With that in mind, Horton’s comprehensive programs are built around the following five methods:
  1. Static load testing as required in KKK and FMVSS specifications  LEARN MORE >
  2. Hygee crash sled testing to introduce severe dynamic loads to the body and mounting system LEARN MORE >
  3. Computer simulation modeling to predict and pretest engineering assumptions LEARN MORE >
  4. Direct impact or barrier testing using actual destructive crash impacts LEARN MORE >
  5. Rollover testing, the most severe of all impact tests LEARN MORE >

Ultimately, the goal of any ambulance testing program must be to protect the lives of real people, whether injured or ill patients or the EMT or paramedic who is attending them. Without attempting to measure actual effects on people, testing programs cannot tell us very much in terms of how the vehicle performs relative to the ultimate goal.

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