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1908

The City and County of Honolulu, Department of Emergency Services is established

 

1910

The Queen's Hospital begins private ambulance service

 

1916

The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) begins the city's first ambulance service

 

1917

HPD hires full time ambulance attendants

 

HPD transfers its ambulance service to the Health Department

 

1931

24 hour/day ambulance service is established

 

Late 1960s

Basic life support and CPR classes begin for ambulance attendants

 

1971

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is established in November

 

MEDICOM radio network for ambulance and hospital communication is established nationally

 

1974

Agreement with Arm 68th Medical Detachment integrates helicopter MEDICAC transport with the City and County of Honolulu EMS

 

1975

Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) program begins

 

The Oahu EMS advisory Board is established in March

 

Oahu's 911 system is completed

 

1976

City and County of Honolulu has 15 ambulance vehicles in its fleet

 

Sea rescues is coordinated between the Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and ambulance service

 

Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) branch is established by the State of Hawaii

 

1977

Mobile Intensive Care Technician Assistant (MICT A) program begins

 

Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Life Support classes begin

 

Federal EMS standards are achieved

 

1978

First responder courses is established for police, firefighters and lifeguards

 

 

       

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 19, 2012