The East Haddam Ambulance Association
was founded in 1968 with a just a handful of townspeople. In that year, the ambulance
responded to 86 calls.
Last year, we responded to 526 calls.
The town has been growing at around 3% a year, and that increase is projected to
accelerate, reaching 5-10% annually for the next five years.
The corps originally used an old
blue Cadillac to transport patients. Built more for speed than emergency medical
transport, it lacked any of the complex equipment required on today's rigs. We now
need two up-to-date, four-wheel drive ambulances in order to provide care for our
In years past, residents were asked
to donate $5.00 a year to support the ambulance. We are now reimbursed by Medicare,
Medicaid and private medical insurances to support our ballooning operating costs.
We remain, however, an all-volunteer organization.
With the burgeoning size of our
town, we are always in need of volunteers. A number of reimbursement options are
available to cover the costs of training. Training courses are ongoing around the