02/21/14 197 W, 1 I - + 5 - 1 Vintage Photos - Inside EMS Station 1

For your Friday enjoyment, here a half-dozen vintage photos of old EMS Station 1 at 201 W. Martin Street. The former automotive garage served as both Station 1 and the administrative offices. (They had twenty-size people and three stations at the beginning.) Wake County EMS occupied the building from 1976 to 1991, at which time they moved to the Public Safety Center at 330 S. Salisbury Street. With materials from the county, the members added a number of their own improvements, including a kitchen and day room. Inside the vehicle bay were two ambulances, the supervisor's vehicle, and the director's car.

They later added a third ambulance, in 1986 or 1987. This required additional concrete and the third ambulance parked on a six-inch concrete platform. The building had a basement and a freight elevator. Supplies were stored downstairs, along with a huge boiler and old-fashioned coal chute in the alley. Read more about the building (including memories of the crews) in these research notes of mine (PDF), available on this new project site: www.legeros.com/history/ems.

And see tons of more old photos on the History of EMS in Wake County Facebook page. Click to enlarge:

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