DIAL 911 FOR ALL EMERGENCIES
In the summer of 1977, two fire department members who thought that the town should have an ambulance sent out a request to the citizens for people interested in helping them start up an ambulance service. Until then, people in Bethlehem could only get to the hospital by private vehicle, or calling in a professional ambulance service from out of town.
Several people became involved and took an EMT course to become qualified to staff an ambulance. The EMT course at the time was 80 hours of classroom and 4 hours of emergency room time and then the practical and written final exam.
There were 15 people involved. Today, there are approximately 40 members. The EMT course has changed to 160 hours, plus ride-along or time in the emergency department, plus practical and written exams given by the state.
The first ambulance was a van model and purchased new from donations and fundraisers. Today’s ambulance, also purchased new from donations and fundraisers, is a fully equipped cab/chassis model with the capability to transport two patients if necessary, and navigate Bethlehem’s challenging terrain in all sorts of weather.
Bethlehem Ambulance Association, Inc.
PO Box 401
83 Main St South, Bethlehem, CT 06751