Imagine Weston in the early 60’s before the Weston EMS was founded. If you had a medical emergency you had to wait up to an hour for a nearby ambulance to come to your aid. At a town meeting in 1962 it was agreed Weston needed its own ambulance service. A small group of Weston firefighters with Red Cross First Aid training formed the Weston Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Squad. Their first ambulance was a converted International Harvester Carry All. The first real Weston ambulance, a Cadillac, was purchased in 1967.
How We Operate
Today, we have two state of the art ambulances that carry equipment for medical emergencies from emergency childbirth to mass casualties. Those early Weston ambulances were purchased with the generous contributions of the citizens of Weston who saw the importance of having medical care on call at all times. The Weston EMS, which is an official division of the Weston Fire Department, continues to rely on the generosity of Westonites. We have never taken a taxpayer dollar and depend on contributions from our Annual Fund Drive to support our services, supplies, life-saving equipment, ambulances and maintenance. Your Weston EMS is an all–volunteer squad except for the paramedic we share with Wilton. We are fortunate to have the medical expertise of a Norwalk Hospital paramedic available for all of our Weston emergency calls.
In 1997 Weston EMS was one the first squads in the state to complete the federally sanctioned National Curriculum Standard certifying the members to the most advance training available. To become an EMT you must pass a state examination and be re-certified every two years. We also have monthly training meetings and drills to keep members trained in the latest medical technology.
Weston EMS is proud to participate in many community service activities with the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and the Weston Senior Center. We also assist the Weston schools with their training programs such as the Babysitter training course and CPR classes. We are also on site with an ambulance and crew at all football games, fairs and races held in Weston.
Our motto is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” Our job - which began in the 60s with that first ambulance - is still rapid transport to the nearest hospital. Through the generosity of the very townspeople who stand to benefit from our expertise, we now have some of the most advanced technology available. And the know-how to use it.
WESTON EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - WESTON, CT 06883