Venetian boat ambulances, which are part of the Venetian Emergency Medical Service (Venezia Emergenza), are equipped with advanced life support equipment, such as automated respirator, monitor-defibrillator, drugs, etcetera.
The boat crew is made of an emergency care nurse, two emergency medical care technicians first level with the heavy duty of bringing patients on and off board and a boat ambulance driver. In life threatening calls, classified as code red, an emergency physician gets on board too.
Non emergency patient transport boat ambulances are equipped with basic life support equipment and crewed by two or more volunteers (Mestre Green Cross) or private company personnel (Blue Cross).
All boat ambulances are equipped with blue flashing lights and siren, two way radio and radar. Emergency boat ambulances are noticeable by the emergency medical phone number 118 printed on each side.