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 EMS TODAY - February ,2014- Washington DC 

    A brief tour of the Museums booth at EMS Today by well known author, columnist and blogger Kelly Grayson 

1969- Dr. Frank Pantridge visits the new Mobile Coronary Care unit at Staten Island Hospital

Two years after initiating the MCCU concept in Belfast Ireland, the concept comes to New Yok City. The next great advance in mobile ACLS care will not come until 1978, when New York City EMS starts its first paramedic unit on Staten Island, followed by one implemented by Richmond Memorial Hospital.

An interesting side note- The young EMT Mike Duchin featured in this article, went on to be the longest serving Emergency Medical Technician at Staten Island Hospital( later renamed Staten Island University Hospital). The nurse featured is the mother of another long serving paramedic on Staten Island.


 RECENT EQUIPMENT DONATIONS - Lifepak 5, Lifepak 10, Lifepak 11                                                  
The Museum recently received a very generous donation from the EMS Program of MassBay Community College, Framingham Massachussetts.  

MassBay training facility           


  RESCUE 8                                                                                                                  

   ANOTHER EPISODE - "The Water Tower"

      1958- 1960
     Long before EMERGENCY, this series highlighted
 the exploits of
      Los Angeles County Fire Departments
      Starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries
     In this epeisode, Firefighters Skip and Wes are involved in a rescue at a rooftop
    water tower.



     A First for the Museum.... a SILENT training film!

    An Ontario Government Film featruring Employees of Toronto Hydro Electric

    The Prone Pressure Method: "Don't Give Up in Under 4 Hours!


  HISTORY OF EMS IN MIAMI FLORIDA                                                                     

        Dr. Findeiss, Dr. Nagel, and Dr. Slevinski discuss the beginning of EMS in the Miami Florida
          and their pioneering  efforts.


SEPTEMBER 11 BOATLIFT                                                                                          

        This video has special significance to me. On 9/11 New Yorkers from all backgrounds and professions vital to the normal life of New York City, stepped up in response to the terrorist attack. This is the story on one group I had close contact with that day.

    When the World Trade Center fell, normal transportation modes in and out of lower Manhattan ceased to function: No Subways, No Buses, No PATH Train, no taxis or private vehicles. Those that escaped the dust cloud, those injured, and those just trying to get home to the outer Boroughs and New Jersey had no way out. Many started the long trek on foot across the East River Bridges. Others knew another escape route was the nearby Staten Island Ferry, and walked south to Whitehall. Many of the walking wounded took this route, and a major triage/treatment area had to be established at the destination Staten Island side Ferry Terminal.

     One other group  of New Yorkers took it upon themselves, soon to be followed with US Coast Guard  support, to create an escape route by Sea. Hundreds of maritime professionals and private boat owners came together to use their boats to aid in the evacuation. The Sheepshead Bay Sport Fishing Fleet, Commuter Fast Ferries, Tug Boats, Harbor Pilots, and many private boat owners started appearing at any location they could along the Hudson and East Rivers, taking on those seeking to escape. These are some of the unsung heroes who helped thousands that day.

     That morning, I was off duty, and responded to my FDNY EMS Station in Coney Island to staff an additional Paramedic Unit put together with normally spare ALS equipment. I was assigned to a pier on the Brooklyn waterfront normally used as a commuter Fast Ferry terminal.  Several other Station 43 BLS units were assigned, and for the day we assisted the injured and exhausted arriving by boat of every type. 

Senior Paramedic Mark Peck
FDNY EMS Retired
Virtual Museum Director


 UNUSUAL AMBULANCES                                                                                            

 A new section we would like readers to submit photos or links..Unusual Ambulances. Submitted by J. Pozark:

The 1962 R-1206 Greenbrier Amblewagon Corvair conversion. 

For more information, and examples of several other Corvair based ambulances, go to
Corvanatics - Dedicated to the Preservation of Corvair 95 Light Trucks and Vans



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EMS Museum Logo Items- FLEECE PULLOVERS AND JACKETS  - T Shirts - Polo Shirts
Dinosaurs of EMS Logo Items - We've partnered with DOEMS, and every logo item sold provides the Museum with a donation at no cost to you!

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provides the Museum with a Sales Donation 

Why shop at the Museum Store? What's in it for me?  In addition to the fact that you get great products at great prices, you will get fast dependable service through our secure ordering process from our partnered company with over 35 years experience.

How does it help the National EMS Museum?  When items are purchased the Museum receives a commission for every sale.
Your costs are not inflated as happens elsewhere, the commission comes as a donation from the Museum fulfillment company and is used to meet the costs of maintaining the web site, and shipping and displaying artifacts at conferences and State EMS programs. 

Your National EMS Museum needs your support and the easiest way you can help is by purchasing products through the Museum Store.
It costs you nothing and it provides support for the Museum.

REMEMBER.... YOU MUST enter the store through the MUSEUM STORE LINK in order to have your donation credited to the Museum               

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 MORE RECENT EQUIPMENT DONATIONS        Thanks!  We Can't build our collection without you!

Hennepin EMS Minneapolis MN Barbara Taylor
Brodview FD
Brodhead KY

 AMBULANCE BROCHURES                                                             
With this update to our home page, we are going to start a feature section courtesy of James Ward of Illinois, who has been collecting Ambulance Manufacturers Brochures and Spec Sheets through his many years in EMS. This is a work in progress, as James has been very proficient, and has quite a collection of many of the most popular ambulances from the 70's forward. As we slowly start entering all his brochures into our Virtual Museum database, we will highlight several with each update to the home page.   Thanks James!

 Does this one look familiar? Modular Ambulance Corp provided this new ambulance concept to the TV show EMERGENCY, replacing the dated appearing suburban conversions of the first 2 seasons.

Modulance was among the first to feature an aluminum skin body and a remountable patient care module

1976 Miller-Meteor Criterion

1976 Superior 61 Widebody Van
Hess and Eisenhardt Motor Home


Emergency Medical Services in the United States of America in 1995
Tom Scott May 1995 Emergency Care Information Center Carlsbad, CA

     The delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the United States can best be characterized as being as diverse as the population of the United States. Just as the peoples of the USA are from many different races and cultures, so too are the means of delivering Emergency Medical Services. Thirty years ago, ambulance services were strictly a "load and go" enterprise. Ambulance attendants were trained in first aid and paid minimum wage. The service was provided by small private ambulance companies, fire departments, hospitals, and city health departments. In many communities the service was operated by funeral homes, which of course had experience with vehicles where you could place a patient in a prone position (by that time the ambulances were separate from the hearses)

    EMS Systems in the USA today have evolved from those traditional ways of providing services in each community. There has been rather dramatic change in the training of the ambulance attendant and the equipping of the ambulance and the use of technology to improve efficiency. What has not changed as much are the organizations that provide that service and the management structure of those organizations. Only a handful of cities in the USA have radically changed the way that the services are delivered, and those changes occurred in times of crisis for the system (the provider was going out of business). This article will give the reader an overview of how and who provides emergency medical services today. We will also discuss some of the changes taking place in the USA’ s health care delivery system and how that may affect the EMS system.



Does Your department have a dusty stash of old equipment in a back closet or attic?
Have some of your members held onto those obsolete resuscitators and cots, hoping to someday find a worthy home for them? Youv've found it!

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            "Wish List" of items the Museum would like to acquire
 Lifepak 2 and 3  
 DynaMed Chokesaver
 Old Pal Tackle/Drug Box
 Biophone Radio
 Brook Airway  
E & J Lyteport Resuscitator
 Ambu Foam Filled BVM  
 RevivaLife Resuscitator  
 Laerdal BVM's- Green versions  
 Hope Resuscitator/BVM  
 Robertshaw Resuscitators-Orange Box and Dual Tank  
 Ferno Washington Stretchers - Model #11. 12, 28, 30  
 Steel D Oxygen Tanks  

The Museums' Collection of early EMS equipment continues to grow because of the generous donations
of many of our " Dinosaurs"
as well as a new generation who have never seen an episode of EMERGENCY. 


Emergency Medical Services in the United States of America in 1995
Hess and Eisenhardt GMC Motor Home
1977 Wayne Care-O-Van
1976 Wayne Vanguard
1976 Wayne Medicruser
1976 Miller-Meteor Criterion Cadillac
1976 Superior 61 and 61-S Split Frame Widened Chevy Type III
Modular Ambulance Corp. Rescue Series
Modular Ambulance Corp. Type I
Modular Ambulance Corp. Type II
Modular Ambulance Corp Type III
Louis Molino Sr.
Telcare Monitor/Defibrillator/Telemetry Radio
Laerdal BVM
Dr. Carl Young Jr.
The Heartmobile- History and Restoration - Columbus Fire Department
Popular Science Machines that Help You Breathe
Resuscitating Devices Available to the Layman
Emergency Medical Services in the United States of America 1995
Spacelabs First Medic 510 Semiautomatic Defibrillator
Zoll 1600 Monitor Defibrillator
Laerdal Portable Suction-LSU Model 1979
Minuteman Resuscitator
Hand Pump Resuscitator
Cardiac Resuscitation HeartAid
Old Pal Tackle Drug Box- type used on EMERGENCY!
EMS Magazine Celebrating 35 Years of Service
40th Anniversary of the Summit New York Fire District Rescue Squad
Historic Role of Wrecker Service at Accident Scenes
History of the Chicago Fire Department Emergency Ambulance Service
History of the Memphis Fire Department Emergency Units
JEMS Out of the Darkness
Death in a Ditch
Todays Neglected Disease- TraumaCenter for
Planning and Developing a Prehospital MICU-Beekman Downtown Hospital- ...
CPR and the First Defibrillator- Drs. Kouwenhoven, Jude and Knickerbocker
Dr. Max Harry Weill
Professor Frank Pantridge
Pantridge/IPCO Defibrillator
Annie...Annie.. Are You OK? Resusci Anne
Portland Oregon Paramedic Program