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The City of New Orleans Police Department began its ambulance service during the 1950's during an era when the Charity Hospital of Louisiana only operated a few ambulances and the remainder was mostly provided by area funeral homes. During the 60's, the New Orleans Fire Department operated one station wagon ambulance from Station #1 on
By the 70's, The New Orleans Police Department were using White over Blue Chevrolet low-roof suburban trucks which were manned by two sworn and armed police officers who wore tan shirts and pants with the regular department issued badge, patches and duty gun belt. During the 50's and 60's the station wagons and panel trucks carried a resuscitator, first aid kit splints and backboards. However, by the early 70's, the NOPD suburban ambulances carried a full range of basic EMT equipment including scoop stretchers, demand-valve, airways, ambu-bag, spine boards and other basic evolving equipment of that era.
The NOPD ambulances were called "crash trucks" due to the fact that they responded on all vehicle accident calls and other trauma emergencies including shootings, stabbings and assaults. These units were later called "Emergency Units" or "E Units." The vehicles also responded to all "crisis" (mental illness) throughout the city. Training in the 50's and 60's was mostly the Red Cross Advanced First Aid course and vehicle victim rescue. By the mid 70's, all NOPD officers were required to complete the basic 81 hour EMT course.
All NOPD ambulances were a component of the NOPD Emergency Services Section (ESS) which also included a fully equipped rescue truck for vehicle extrications and a Special Weapons & tactics (SWAT) vehicle. The ESS had been modeled after the City of
Throughout the 60's and 70's, NOPD maintained its operations base in
By the late 70's, the NOPD ESS had been trained and equipped as paramedic units under the medical direction of Dr. Norm McSwain and the
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Last Revision Date: 6/22/08 - 0:22 AM