April 2012 Newsletter


A special Thank You to our eNewsletter Sponsor, Trustee Doc Clinchy and
his support of the National EMS Museum.


    In the space of less than a month, the National EMS Museum has launched an EMS History Trivia app and now our inaugural newsletter! Our Traveling Museum continues to generate high interest at both EMS World EXPO and EMS Today.

    The Virtual Museum has also had thousands of hits since it arrived in cyberspace in 2007. Our long-range goal continues to be an actual brick and mortar building that will provide displays of historical equipment, ambulances, documents, and oral history from our past. EMS has a rich and wide spread history, but do EMS students coming into our midst have any idea that we even have a history? For the most part, the answer is a resounding “No”!

    The National EMS Museum is dedicated to memorializing and commemorating the history of EMS and the individuals and organizations that provide emergency care to the sick and injured.

    Join us on our path to a building that will house our ‘history’.

Thanks for your support,

Bob Loftus


The National EMS Museum is Looking for Your History

    The National EMS Museum is trying to preserve the history of EMS. We are looking for stories, memories, photographs, and memorabilia that you may have. Memories can come from field EMT’s, Paramedics, EMS administrators, EMS state officials, vendors, and families of EMS providers.

    The EMS Museum wants to preserve your history for posterity. It is as simple as going to www.emsmuseum.org and contacting us. We will accept your donation of stories or other materials and display them on our website and in our traveling museum. Please help us preserve EMS history before it disappears.

    Does your unit 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?  Email us

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Life or Death

Life or Death

This 1977 Video classic highlights the need for a professional Emergency Medical Service, by comparing the "skills" of the part time, gas station based "Economy Ambulance Service", and a neighboring community with a modern EMS system.

Sirens in the Night

Sirens in the Night

1972 Video documentary on the Jacksonville Fire Department and how it fared since becoming the first fire department in the nation to implement fire based delivery of Emergency Medical Services several years earlier.



David Boyd, MD

    An Illinois trauma surgeon responsible for establishing trauma centers in the Chicago area, Dr. Boyd in 1974 became the director of the federal Division of EMS within the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (the precursor to the Department of Health and Human Services). He developed the framework and guidelines necessary to implement EMS systems throughout the United States and utilized federal grant funds as an incentive for EMS system development, which resulted in the creation of state and local EMS regions across the country. Although the HEW Division of EMS would be shortlived, his efforts and leadership left a lasting impression on the structure of EMS delivery systems nationwide. Dr. Boyd served on EMS Magazine’s editorial advisory board for several years, and also serves an Ambassador for the Museum.  

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 Women Went to War
    When the men of the Citrus Heights Fire Department were called to military duty during World War II, the women stepped in to fill their boots.

 Annie...Annie... Are You OK?
    As CPR training started to reach the emergency response community in the early 70's, the words "Annie..Annie..Are You OK?" started almost every CPR training session as new EMT's, nurses, firefighters and police officers learned the first step - ESTABLISH UNRESPONSIVENESS.

 To The Rescue Museum
    On May 28, 1928, Wise and nine coworkers at the Norfolk and Western Railway organized the world's first volunteer rescue squad, The Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew. Julian Wise died in Roanoke on July 22, 1985, at the age of 85. never having his vision of a "comprehensive history of the safety movement" realized.

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    Lou Jordan, Vice President of the National EMS Museum Foundation is interviewed at the NAEMSE symposium, where the Museum had a portion of its collection of antique EMS equipment on display.

    Lou discusses the current status of the museum, how it is achieving its Mission of .."memorializing and commemorating the history of EMS and the individuals and organizations that provide emergency care to the sick and injured" and what is needed to reach our goal of a permanent museum.



Online: www.emsmuseum.org       E-mail: info@emsmuseum.org



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