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Emergency makeovers for cars in Ólafsfjördur

The Icelandic Red Cross recently signed a contract to purchase 19 emergency vehicles from a garage in north Iceland that specializes in turning ordinary vans into ambulances.

The garage is housed in a defunct fish freezing plant in Ólafsfjördur in northeast Iceland. RÚV reports.

Local resident Sigurjón Magnússon is now making use of the building for his car makeover operations. He has turned dozens of vans into ambulances and a few into fire trucks.

Recently the Red Cross in Iceland signed a contract with the garage to purchase of 19 specially equipped emergency vehicles.

Magnússon told RÚV that he buys ordinary vans from abroad and changes their interior and installs the equipment required for ambulances.

There is some domestic competition in the ambulance business, Magnússon said, but as rent at the deserted freezing plant is very low, he can offer his vehicles at a lower price than his rivals.

Magnússon said he has always been interested in cars and emergency vehicles in particular, so thought he could use his interest to create employment for himself and other residents in Ólafsfjördur.

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