The ambulance has become one of the most identifiable pieces of a fire department's equipment due to the high frequency demand. Approximately 75% of the emergencies Solon Fire Rescue responds to are EMS related.
The first record of an ambulance, in terms of a wagon for transporting invalids, was probably a hammock based cart constructed around 900AD by theAnglo-Saxons. The first known hospital based ambulance service was based out of Commercial Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio (now the Cincinnati General) by 1865.
While hospitals no longer provide ambulance services, they are still very much connected to the patient through the work of paramedics. Paramedics operate under the direction of a physician and serve as the eyes and ears of the emergency room doctor.
Paramedics undergo over 1,500 hours of training and possess special skills in administering medications, interpreting heart monitors, and trauma care just to name a few.
Contemporary ambulances carry a myriad of specialized medical equipment. From heart monitors to breathing equipment, our paramedics have the most up to date equipment and training to provide you with the best service possible.