Saturday, July 18, 2015
The first ambulances in Troy Township were purchased by William Price and garaged at the Price Funeral Home. It may sound a bit odd, but when a resident needed an ambulance, they called the funeral home. Life support services were provided by trained volunteer firefighters of the Troy Fire Department until 1969. At that time the fire department operated from Stations 1, 2, and 3. Station 4 opened in 1970.
As the City of Troy grew and the need for life support service increased, the City elected to use professional Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. Three companies, including Suburban, Community Ambulance Service, and Alliance Mobile Health have provided this service.
Alliance Mobile Health was awarded Troy’s EMS contract in 2003 and this company still responds to 911 calls today. Volunteer firefighters still respond to medical emergencies if there is a need for specific services such as extrication, technical rescue, or hazardous materials clean-up.
Ambulance provided by Price Funeral Home
Alliance Mobile Health Advanced Life Support Unit
Fire Calls and Station Stories: An Illustrated History of the Volunteer Troy Fire Department; Loraine Campbell and Fred Barnard, 2009
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