In a post over social media yesterday, Manila City Mayor Francisco 'Isko' Moreno proudly announced that their government office has received a pair of Toyota Land Cruisers to act as ambulances for his jurisdiction.
The donation comes from the Rosita Soliman Foundation, an organization local to Manila that specializes in rescue and relief operations. Considering their reputation for utilizing proper rescue equipment, there’s no surprise that they have picked the Toyota Land Cruiser as their base for Manila’s local ambulance.
The pair of Land Cruisers donated to the city of Manila are of the J70 or ‘LC70’ variety. The LC70 is a model produced since 1984 all the way till present, and is reputable for being next to indestructible. It has become an indispensable tool for organizations such as the Red Cross, UN and, well, some rather questionable and infamous middle-eastern military factions. With the background and durability these vehicles are known for, the harsh – and sometimes flooded – streets of Manila would make for short work for these Land Cruisers.
Based from what we’ve seen in photos, the LC70s in question are both specced in Troop Carrier guise. The Troop Carrier body has a hunched rear section for better clearance and egress for infantry – making ingress and egress for paramedics with stretchers easier. To deal with Manila’s notorious floods during the rainy season, both LCs are also fitted with snorkels to be able to traverse hood-deep streets. To be certain that these ambulances stay running with minimal maintenance, both Cruisers are equipped with the 1HZ six-cylinder diesel powerplant instead of the usual 1GR-FE gas V6 found in other Toyota cruisers.
As far as medical equipment goes, it appears simple is best for these as the only truly different item is the stretcher fitted to the floor of the rear section. We believe the rest of the medical equipment would be supplied by the city instead of being available in the vehicle itself.
God forbid you find yourself in an emergency medical situation somewhere in Manila, it looks like you’ll be picked up in a Toyota Land Cruiser.