History of the Wilton Ambulance

In 1974 the Wilton Lyndeborough Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association was formed with volunteer EMT and Advanced First Aid Providers and one used Cadillac that was stationed in the Wilton Town Hall. In 1988, the service obtained the present facility on Forest Road (NH Route 31) in Wilton. In 1997, the service expanded and the Town of Temple joined the association and the name was changed to Wilton Lyndeborough Temple Emergency Medical Services. A second ambulance was added and stationed at the Temple Fire Station. In 2004, the second ambulance was moved to the Forest Road facility. In 2003, the Association Board of Directors made the commitment to Paramedic coverage, and hired per-diem Paramedics to cover the ambulance. In 2006, Weekday daytime per-diem EMT/EMT-Intermediate coverage was added. In 2007, the Town of Wilton took over the operations of the ambulance. The Ambulance Association then morphed into a benevolent association for the membership and ownership of the facility.

In 2010, the name of the service was changed to the “Town of Wilton Ambulance”. Nothing else changed, we still serve Wilton, Lyndeborough, and Temple, we still have two ambulances, and the staffing levels/patterns did not change. Only thing that changed was the name. This was so that there was no confusion between the non-profit Association.

In 2012, we started a “Driver/Non-Medical” program where personnel with no medical training could join the service, operate as a third person on the ambulance, learn how to drive, and assist with patients while being overseen by the licensed providers. This gains the personnel valuable experience prior to entering EMT Class. The “Non-Medical” personnel are volunteers and do not get compensated, but do get their EMT Class paid for, on condition of giving one year of service back to the department after graduation from EMT Class. In 2013, the volunteer status of the EMT’s and Advanced EMT’s were changed to “On-Call” personnel. They were no longer stipend volunteers, but compensated as on-call employees. This was done due to labor laws, with minimal impact in cost.

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