Based on production data for 2017, RIVM calculated how many ambulances are needed in the Netherlands. On workdays 614 ambulances are needed during the day, five more than calculated for 2016. On workdays in the evening, three more ambulances are needed. On weekends, this varies between minus two and plus one ambulances, depending on the day and time.
The increase of the number of ambulances needed is less than in 2016. In 2016, compared to the year before, ten more ambulances were needed. The slight increase in the number of ambulances needed is related to the minor increase in the number of ambulance services in 2017. The number of emergency services increased by 0.3 percent, the number of planned services decreased by 0.8 percent.
The required capacity of ambulance care in the Netherlands is calculated using a national ambulance plan. This is a framework that defines the number of ambulances with which ambulance care can be carried out in the Netherlands, given a number of preconditions, such as the time after notification within which an ambulance must be on site and the distribution of the stations.
On behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, RIVM updated the national ambulance plan in 2018 with figures on the use of ambulance care in the Netherlands in 2017.