In the beginning, the members paid out of their own pockets to resupply the ambulance and set up a schedule to cover the town. Windsor Volunteer Ambulance was incorporated shortly thereafter as an EMT-Basic service. In the 1980’s we saw call volume go from 900 calls in the first year of operation to an average of 2000 calls over the next 9 years. During this time, membership increased from the 26 founding members to 140 active members.
To fill a need for a backup ambulance when the primary unit was down for service, WVA arranged to re-purchase a Cadillac ambulance that had previously served Windsor. Our level of service was upgraded to EMT-Intermediate in February of 1984, and to EMT-Paramedic in 1992. The move to our present facility on William Street in January 1991 allowed us to improve our services. We were able to add a third ambulance and 2 Paramedic Intercept vehicles to our fleet. The new building provided training rooms, staff offices, crew quarters, storage and supply space.
To ensure the survival of Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Inc., we began billing for services rendered in 1992. Due to rising healthcare costs, we depend on public donations and billing from insurance companies.
Today, Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Inc. responds to an average of 3,500 911 emergency calls per year. We have over 60 members serving more than 27,500 town residents and covering an area of over 30 square miles. Windsor is one of the busiest volunteer services in the state, and as such attracts many EMS volunteers looking for experience.
Windsor Volunteer Ambulance is active in the community through many programs and special events. We are always looking for people who are interested in serving their community. We also depend on the support of the community to help us provide a high quality service.
We look forward to continued service to the people of Windsor, Wilson, Poquonock, and Hayden Station.