The Albany Ambulance Service was founded in May of 1975 by local volunteers who initiated the service for fear of losing local ambulance service as state laws began prohibiting Funeral homes from continuing the practice without training. Ed Rust of Rust Funeral Home offered the volunteers a 1969 Cadillac Hearst/Ambulance to get started, with a deal that it was theirs to keep if they could stay in service for 6 months. As of May 2013, Albany EMS has been in operation for over 38 years, non-stop, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Albany EMS is the oldest independent EMS department in Delaware County. 5 times in the departments history it has been named the “State of Indiana’s BLS Provider of the year”. awarded with both the “Striving for Excellence Award” as well as the “Public Relations Award”.
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