Latest Donations to the Museum

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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Mail: P.O. Box 3 Chartley, MA 02712



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   Congratulations to Lexington County SC EMS upon their 40th Anniversary.

       In 1863, with the Civil War raging in the North and Shermans infamous march through South Carolina and the burning of Lexington and Columbia still in the future, battle wounded were  taken from the field by four-wheeled ambulances drawn by two horses.

The crew consisted of a driver and two stretcher bearers who would load as many as four patients on litters to be transported to field hospitals near the battle. In 1963, ambulances were four-wheeled hearses or station wagons manned by at least one attendant. They were run by the local hospital, funeral home, volunteer or fire department rescue squads. These vehicles were no better equipped to deal with an emergency victim than the stretcher-bearers of the Civil War. During both eras, patients were placed on stretchers and rushed to the nearest hospital. The attendants initiated no treatments to the patient.


 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 


 The History of the Memphis Fire Department Emergency Units 
    In 1965 the City of Memphis had received many complaints regarding the lack of adequate training, lack of ambulance equipment and poor patient care against several existing primary private ambulance operators. At that time, the city ambulance service was handled by combinations of funeral homes and private entities which served specific areas and were dispatched by the Memphis Police Department. The police department also operated an “Emergency Unit” station wagon which was manned by two first aid trained police officers with first aid and other emergency equipment and mainly responded to major incidents in the city.

      In the fall of 1965 the City of Memphis Commission responded to the growing complaints by adopting the “Model Ambulance Ordinance” into an actual enforceable city law. This model legislation had been originally developed by the American College of Surgeons several years earlier as a strategy to help improve the level of ambulance equipment and training in those major cities that were willing to pass it such as Houston and Dallas. The American College of Surgeons efforts actually pre-dated the historic “White Paper” entitled “Death & Disability – The Neglected Disease of a Modern Society” which would emerge the following year. Upon hearing of the ordinance passage, several of the existing private services immediately protested the new regulations and soon notified city officials that they would no longer respond to police dispatched emergency calls. A brief review was then quickly commissioned by the fire department to determine how its existing resources could support the take-over of a city-wide ambulance service and the requirements needed. The initial research called for at least 8 ambulances with 2 additional vehicles to be purchased as stand-by or reserve units and its report findings was forwarded to the Mayor by then Memphis Fire Chief Edward A. Hamilton.

     In November of 1965, following the review of the city’s current ambulance system, the City of Memphis voted to grant authority to the Memphis Fire Department to establish a city-wide emergency ambulance service for its citizens. Approximately $135,000 was budgeted to purchase, equip and staff 8 ambulances. The fire department was selected because of its existing strategically located fire stations, training and having personnel who were already trained to the 20 hour American Red Cross Advanced First Aid level. The department also had approximately 80 in-house Red Cross First Aid Instructors out of the 926 men on the department at that time. The fire department decided to call the vehicles “Emergency Units” or “EU” as opposed to formally calling them ambulances in order to emphasize their intended use for emergency patient needs only. Read More

    The Museum is looking to obtain a Datascope 850 Monitor and a Datascope MD/2 Monitor/Defibrillator.
If anyone has one they would consider parting with, please contact the Museum through the CONTACT US LINK. They will be utilized for a special project guaranteed to please.


 EMS TODAY - Take a Ride in Our Past                                                                                                     
  2012 Interview with antique ambulance collector Steve Lichtman



  RESCUE 8                                                                                                                                             
  1958- 1960
   Long before EMERGENCY, this series highlighted
 the exploits of Los Angeles County Fire Departments
   RESCUE 8.

   Starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries


 LIFE OR DEATH                                                                                                                                      
 By Popular Demand! 
This 1977 video classic highlights the need for a professional Emergency Medical Service, through comparison of the skills of the part time,
gas station based "Economy Ambulance Service", and the neighboring community with a modern EMS.

Making a cameo appearance is Harvey Grant - author of one of the first textbooks for EMT's

 Another bit of trivia- We initially thought the LA County Engine which appears, was Emergency's Engine 51. Thanks to Richard Yokely, author of EMERGENCY! Behind The Scenes, he was able to point out some markings and physical differences indicating that it was another Ward LaFrance Engine.

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


Used with permission of EMSWorld     


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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. 

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

Hennepin EMS Minneapolis MN Barbara Taylor
Clive Iowa FD


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
 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