12/15/06 80 W, 3 I - + 16 - 18 Vintage EMS Pics, Part 1

Travis Loy, son of Beacon Ambulance Service part own Fred Loy Jr., sent some vintage EMS pictures to share. Contact Travis (Loy00003@mc.duke.edu), who lives in Elon College, for more information about these pics and the people pictured therein.

From top to botton, the Beacon Fleet (click to enlarge), a Wake EMS unit, and the Wake EMS breakroom. Dig those hairstyles, man!

I know all three pictures——-Am in two of them——Boy has EMS gone a long ways since Beacon Ambulance days.
Here is a good story for you—-
Back when—-all ambulances were inspected by the state. The department with this task was the same department that did sanitary inspections. They had two inspectors for the state——Art Lamson and Ben Shephard—— There were no EMT’s and an inspection was for the units. It could be either a hurse or a rescue truck. Just needed to be clean and have one person who had taken Red Cross Advanced First Aid.
About the time the state was starting to get interested in the EMS field, and a lot of the movement goes to Maxine Maurice at Wake ER, the state desided to hold an EMT class at Bowman Gray Hospital in Winston Salem, NC.
It would be for 50 people through out the state. This was just a trial because they did not know if there would be 50 people who wanted to take an 80+ hour class. Also it was during the day, Monday thru Friday.
Well, Wake county had two to enroll——Me (Fred Loy and Sunny Bridgers of the Raleigh Fire Dept.) I think Sunny is still on the Garner Fire Department.
This would make him one of the oldest EMT’s in the state.
Another was Dwayne West from Johnston County. At that time he was working for a funeral home.
Well that is enough for now,
more later——-
Fred Loy
Fred Loy (Email) - 07/03/08 - 22:16

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