09/23/11 165 W, 4 I - + 8 - 5 Building the Original Ambulances of Wake County EMS

For your Friday enjoyment, here are more goodies from the collection of Travis Loy. The date on these is probably 1976, the year Wake County EMS was organized. The location is Swab Wagon Company in Elizabethville, PA. Readers can advise the make, model, people, and perhaps story of what we're seeing.

As for the historical context, Wake County EMS was started in 1976. Four ambulances, EMS 1 and EMS 4 downtown, EMS 2 outside Mayview Convalescent (and then in a station in the rear of the county health center), and EMS 3 at the current Six Forks Road location.

The organization of the organization followed a proposal for joint city-county ambulances, a proposed program called Rescue Medic. That's it's own interesting slice of history. Here are a pair of history trivia quizzes from DJ that we posted in 2007, part one and part two. And here's a bit more about the history of Wake EMS, from the official site. Click to enlarge: 

And see some other vintage pictures and picture discussions on these links:

Gallery of Galleries – http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/ar..

Gallery – http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2010-1..

Blog – http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog..
Blog – http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog..
Blog – http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog..
Legeros - 09/23/11 - 08:04

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