The First Ambulance Wheels Were Feet


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • mobile: moveable
  • transport: to move
  • developing country: a nation that is not yet well-developed
  • wagon: a wooden vehicle with wheels that is propelled by animals or humans
  • injured: physically hurt
  • remote: located far away from a city centre

The First Ambulance Wheels Were Feet

The word ambulance comes from the Latin word ambulare, meaning to walk about. Ambulances referred to mobile medical structures that could be easily walked from one location by an army during a war. These were also called field hospitals. Eventually, horses and wagons were used to transport sick or injured people or medical to medical facilities. In some developing countries, ambulances are still wagons, though are also used. Boats and even may be used as ambulances when the ill or injured are located in remote areas.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why were ambulances named after the verb to walk?
  2. Where were the first ambulances used?
  3. Why does the report mention horses?

Discussion Questions: The first air ambulances ever used were hot air balloons. Why would hot air balloons not be ideal air ambulances as helicopters are?

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