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



Private ambulances from the sixties and seventies




The box ambulances that first appeared in the late eighties


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

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 Major Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV) vehicle


The brand new ambulances, really cool aerodynamic look



Winnipeg Crime Statistics November 15, 2017

So far in 2017 crime in Winnipeg is slightly down from 2016. However, there is still 6 weeks to go.

The Winnipeg police seem to have gotten control of the gangs in the city, they are not killing each other like they did in past years. There was a big gang bust just this week.



Drunken party knife homicides are way down. Maybe the revelers in the North and West Ends are wearing Kevlar vests when they crack open the 24’s of brew. Shootings are way up. It has went from street brawling with fists, to pulling out big knives, to now pulling out a snub nose 44 to settle disputes.

Relatively good year.


Canada will be legalizing Cannabis next July. This should make a major impact on the underground black market drug trade. Less money for the gangs.


The police will have to keep a strong presence on the streets.