History of Ambulances in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) provides Fire and EMS services to the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It operates from 27 Fire stations, 2 stand-alone Ambulance stations, and 3 administration offices across the city. WFPS has two equally important divisions: The Winnipeg Fire Department (WFD) and Winnipeg Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), using a centralized dispatch system.

In 1882, the City of Winnipeg established the Winnipeg Fire Department, followed by the Winnipeg Ambulance Department in 1974. Prior to 1974, ambulance services were provided by local private ambulance companies. In 1983 the Winnipeg Fire Department introduced the use of first responders to start assisting the Winnipeg Ambulance Department on medical calls. As of 2000, both departments amalgamated to form the Emergency Response Service of Winnipeg, which was later renamed as the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

A couple of the very early private ambulances

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Private ambulances from the sixties and seventies

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The box ambulances that first appeared in the late eighties

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A Stars helicopter ambulance that has served the Manitoba area since 2011

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 Major Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV) vehicle

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Below is a Fire Squad Vehicle.

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2 thoughts on “History of Ambulances in Winnipeg

  1. hey there…. the last picture of what u called an ambulance is actually a Winnipeg fire department squad vehicle. it is not an ambulance. I work at station 1 and those are used for squad 101 and 102.

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