On Tuesday, October 4th, the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society, and Emergency Health Services will be showcasing a 1954 Pontiac Ambulance. This is the oldest surviving Nova Scotia ambulance and was found rusting away in a field in Ontario. The ambulance has been purchased and brought home to the Maritimes by the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society. While the ambulance is in need of a full restoration, the Society has been actively fundraising for the past three years. The societies goal is to restore piece of Nova Scotia medical history for future generations.
The 1954 Pontiac Ambulance is rare, built on a commercial chassis, there were less than 2000 ever produced and an even a smaller number were used as patient transport ambulances. It is believed that this ambulance was purchased in New Jersey and brought to Nova Scotia. It served Cape Breton until the mid 80’s at which time it was sold and taken to Ontario. About five years ago, pictures of the unit were spotted online, and our journey to learn more about this ambulance’s history began.
The ambulance will be on display at EHS Wilkinson (795 Wilkinson Ave Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). The President of the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society and Directors invite paramedics, car enthusiasts, and the general public to join us at 11:00am to view a piece of Nova Scotia emergency medical history.
The Nova Scotia Paramedic Society is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of Nova Scotia EMS. Our society promotes the study, research, and communication of the history of emergency health services in all of its facets. The mission of the society is to recognize and preserve the heritage of the Emergency Medical Services and its contribution to the community. Our aim is to work with paramedic of all levels and subjects to present motivating lessons of local history.
Join the event:
Date: October 4, 2016
Location: EHS Wilkinson (795 Wilkinson Ave Dartmouth, Nova Scotia