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Donated by Dennis Svoboda: (Retired Paramedic-Nebraska Dept.of EMS):
AirShields Ambu Bag, Jobst MAST Pants
Donated by Clive Fire Department, Clive, Iowa:
Zoll 1600 Monitor/Defibrillator

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 THE HEARTMOBILE RESTORATION - America’s First Mobile Coronary Care Unit 

    Central Ohio has the distinction of being the birthplace of the Heartmobile, a milestone in the history of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in America. It was the first Mobile Coronary Care Unit in the United States. It is currently undergoing a complete ground-up restoration by the Central Ohio Fire Museum in downtown Columbus.

    The Heartmobile began saving lives in April, 1969 by bringing the hospital to the patient for cardiac emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiac related emergencies. The vehicle was staffed by an Ohio State University Medical Center physician and three specially-trained Columbus firefighters. The mobile coronary care unit brought complete medical care to the patient, cutting in half the normal response time to the patient and the transport back to the hospital. The Heartmobile is owned by the Central Ohio Fire Museum and has been in long-term storage for over 25 years.

    In 2005 interest in restoring the Heartmobile prompted meetings of interested parties to begin fund raising efforts. The restoration began in earnest in 2007 and completion is anticipated sometime in 2014. The restoration is being done at the Central Ohio Fire Museum shop by volunteers working one night a week, for the past six years. This has resulted in a longer restoration time frame but at a huge cost savings.

   During this time the vehicle has been totally dismantled down to the frame. After cleaning the frame, new sheet metal has been fabricated and the doors, front end and roof have been refurbished. New compartment doors and windows are being installed and the vehicle completely rewired. The motor and transmission were removed and have been rebuilt. In March 2014 the body returned from the paint shop ready for reassembly. The interior upholstery, cabinetry and flooring will be installed to complete the interior. Installation of the marker lights, roof beacons and sirens will bring the Heartmobile back to life as it looked in 1969.

    Upon completion, the Heartmobile will initially tour Ohio attending medical conventions, EMS seminars, fire and EMS equipment shows and special events related to its place in EMS history. Eventually the vehicle will be placed in the Central Ohio Fire Museum on permanent display.

   Restoration funds and sponsors are still needed to complete the project. The Fire Museum is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization and donations are deductible under applicable IRS rules. If you are interested in physically helping with the restoration contact Bill Hall at the fire museum for work party nights. A color brochure describing the project is available upon request. Donations may be made to the Heartmobile Project, 260 N. Fourth St., Columbus, OH 43215. Questions may be directed to 464-4099

More on The Heartmobile

 EMS TODAY - February 5,2014- Washington DC 

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


 Just a Reminder  -  If you are attending EMSWorld Expo in Nashville in November...
 We usually offer FREE Entry Passes to the Exhibit Hall
to Friends of the Museum      
 Watch our website and Facebook pages in late October for details 

  MIAMI- Dr. Gene Nagle and first Paramedic Program; Miami Shores FD early Paramedics 
DR Gene Nagle and Jim Hirscman demonstrate telemetry radioJim Hirschman ,Gene Nagel, Joe DavisTelemetry console Jackson MemorialLeft: Dr. Gene Nagle and Jim Hirschman demonstrate telemetry radio

Center: Dr. Jim Hirschman, Gene Nagle and Joe Davis

Right: Telemetry Console Jackson Memorial

First Miami Paramedic RescueArrest at Jackson MemorialMiami ParamedicsLeft: First Miami Paramedic Rescue
Center: Arrest at Jackson Memorial
Right: Miami Paramedics

Miami Shores Demonstration

Left:   Miami Shores firefighters were lobbying the public to allow them and help them fund an ALS service similar to the City of Miami Fire Department. Publix Supermarket on N.E. 6th Avenue and 91st Street in early April, 1972. 

The City of Miami had been running ALS services through the Fire Department Rescue Units for 3-4 years; and Miami Shores Fire Department wanted to become the second department to provide those services. The fire fighters had been riding with the City to learn their roles and working with Dr. Gene Nagel and Dr. Jim Hirschman to get experience. Much of the hands on was done at the M.E.'s Office that was then directed by Dr. Joe Davis. Another doctor, Donald Rosenberg, now Miami Dade's Medical Director, was scheduled to be our medical director. There were no State Laws at the time and we just did it, really without anyone objecting; but a doctor would sign us off to perform ALS services.

On the table is a Life Pak 33( Physio Controls first battery powered monitor/defibrillator) , next was a "suit case" radio (came off a City Motorcycle) and connected to it was a telementry coder (which allowed EKG's to be sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital.) Then a cut away to explain CPR to the public, with a Thumper attached, a scanner to listen to City calls, and an IV bag. These demonstrations were done every weekend until we had enough funds to purchase the equipment. Miami Shores first provide ALS service from an old Seagraves Engine, probably the first ALS Engine in the U.S. Note the glass IV bottle, drugs were in glass ampules.

Miami Shores FD at demonstration

1971-Standing behind the FF's was the Mayor of Miami Shores and the Police Chief. 

L to R: Larry Dest (RIP), Dick Mallett, Charlie Perez, Chief, Mike McDermott, Jim McDaniels (RIP)

Photos courtesy of Tom Watson and Charlie Perez  

 Dr. Carl Young - 1923-2008                                                                                            

    Carl B. Young, Jr. MD of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the age of 85.

    Carl held a lifetime membership with the Harris County Emergency Corps and worked closely with the Houston Fire Department. He rendered first aid to the injured during the Texas City disaster where hundreds were injured and killed after several ships exploded. Beginning a career in lifesaving in 1941 with the American Red Cross, Carl trained thousands in first aid, swimming, lifesaving and CPR. In 1963, he began volunteer service for the American Heart association continuing his "hands on" training of thousands more in CPR.

    Carl's life was dedicated to improving pre-hospital care and transportation of the sick and injured. His continued and untiring efforts helped to change and advance ambulance transportation to that of a recognized and professional service -- both locally in Texas and throughout the USA. In addition to his trademark "hands on" approach to training, Carl wrote and had published three textbooks on Emergency Care and Transportation. He also developed emergency splints and rescue spine boards to handle the injured and implemented new techniques for removing the injured from wrecked automobiles. In the 1960's, he helped to plan, organize and teach the first statewide ambulance training course held at the Texas A and M Fire School in College Station and served on the task force with the Academy of Sciences National Research Council -- a special privilege. Within these courses, requirements for ambulance design and standard equipment to be carried and used in these ambulances resulted in the modern EMS modular ambulances and medical intensive care units used today throughout the USA and other parts of the world.

    As Dallas, Houston and San Antonio Fire Departments started their EMS programs, Carl trained the initial instructors. Later, he played a major role in the 10-year struggle for the formation of the Corpus Christi Fire Department EMS. Carl was a past Member and Fellow of the Texas Public Health association. 
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  RESCUE 8                                                                                                                                             
   ANOTHER EPISODE - "The Arrogant Probie"

      1958- 1960
     Long before EMERGENCY, this series highlighted
 the exploits of
      Los Angeles County Fire Departments

      Starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries


 BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH                                                                                                                                      
    NEW ADDITION! Another popular classic training film
    This 1977 video classic highlights the need for a professional Emergency Medical Service.


DISASTER DRILL AT RICHMOND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL-1962                                                                  

        Disaster Drill at Richmond Memorial Hospital- Staten Island NY in 1962.

        Note the clever ramp built to offload the cot from the Cadillac Ambulance in the opening scene.

        Also demonstrated- the "New" skill of Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation, and the old
       Back Pressure Armlift and Chest Pressure Armlift methods of Rescue Breathing.


     "What began in the mid-1960s as a way to give unemployed black residents of the Hill District
       jobs driving huckster 
wagons evolved into a minority-run ambulance service that was in the
      vanguard of the civil rights movement and modern emergency medicine."

       A short clip about "Freedom House" , a documentary about the first paramedic program
      established in inner city Pittsburgh by
 Dr. Peter Safar and Dr. Nancy Caroline

       For more information:  Freedom House-Street Saviors




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

Hennepin EMS Minneapolis MN Barbara Taylor
Brodview FD
Brodhead KY

 RECENT DONATIONS                                                               
Geoff Fallows and Lou JordanThe Museum recently was presented with a collection of over 1000 collectible ambulances by Captain Geoff Fallows of Little Ferry NJ EMS.

    Geoff describes his collection as "over 1000 model, collectible and toy ambulances from less than 1 inch to about 30 inches long, representing ambulances from many countries. I started colecting in 1983 with one Matchbox ambulance that belonged to my father, a member of St. John Ambulance in Epping, England."
   " Over the next 12 years or so I searched antique shops and Mom and Pop toy stores to add to my collection. I stopped collecting around 1994 when
"Rescue 911" made toy ambulances popular. The oldest models date back to the 1930's. Around 2000 I started collecting Code 3 ambulances. By 2008 I owned every Code 3 ambulance made, including some promos that were never sold."


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!

   EMail Us!
            "Wish List" of items the Museum would like to acquire
 Lifepak 2 and 3  
 DynaMed Chokesaver
Datascope 850
Datascope MD2 Monitor/Defibrillator
 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. 



Cardiac Resuscitation HeartAid

Minuteman Resuscitator

40th Anniversary of the Summit New York Fire District Rescue Squad

Old Pal Tackle Drug Box- type used on EMERGENCY!

 Dr. Max Harry Weil

Pantridge/IPCO Defibrillator

Professor Frank Pantridge 

Annie...Annie.. Are You OK? Resusci Anne

 J.Michael Criley MD

1967: City of Miami FD Paramedic Program

1969: Los Angeles Paramedic Program

1969: Seattle Paramedic Program

1967: Metro Ambulance Service-Atlanta

To The Rescue Museum- Roanoke Va.

Julian Wise and the Roanoke Lifesaving & First Aid Crew


Ambulance Station Log

Origins of the nickname BUS in New York City EMS

A Brief Look at the Beginnings of Rico Suction Labs, Inc.

National Ambulance Builders (NAB)

Leonard Rose MD/ Portland Paramedic Program

Gordon K. Allen & Modular Ambulance Corporation

Luther Fortson MD

1915 - Resuscitation from Electric Shock, Traumatic Shock,
Drowning, and Asphyxiation from Any Cause

Metro Ambulance Service (Atlanta, Georgia)

Motor City Minute Men- Professional Car Society-Detroit

Berg Resuscitation Apparatus

Emerson Resuscitator Utility Model 1960

DynaMed / Emergency Product News / Emergency Magazine

Federal Sign and Signal-Beacon Ray

Kiss of Life Emergency Oxygen Resuscitator

1929 NYC Consolidated Gas Co. Pulmotor Resuscitation Unit