Motorized Ambulances

Motorized Ambulances

Announcement Date: November 15, 1938

San Francisco’s ambulance service began in 1895 with one horse-drawn Studebaker wagon.  In order to provide medical care as soon as possible, ambulances were staffed with interns from the medical school or (male) registered nurses.  The Emergency Service obtained its first vehicle ambulance in 1912, and by 1915, the entire service leapt into the 20th century and converted to motorized ambulances.

By World War I, horse-drawn ambulances had been replaced by motorized vehicles, although the first use of motorized ambulances was during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.