November 1, 2007
MRH EMS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SERVICE
COLUMBIA, Tenn.—Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) hosted an anniversary celebration on November 1 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the ambulance service.
On November 1, 1967, Maury County helped lead the way for ambulance agencies by being the second established service in the state, with Maury Regional Hospital assuming management in 1996.
“We are proud of the long tradition of service to our community and the advancements that have taken place along the way,” said EMS Director Steve Fuston.
Since its formation in 1967, the service has grown from seven employees trained in first aid, to 88 employees able to provide advanced life support 24-hours a day. Maury Regional EMS is an A-rated department consisting of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are state certified to provide the highest quality emergency medical care. It is designated as the Regional Communications Center for southern Middle Tennessee, coordinating communications among ambulance services, hospitals, emergency management and public safety agencies in the thirteen-county area. Maury Regional EMS utilizes eight ambulances throughout Columbia, Mt. Pleasant, Neapolis, Culleoka and Hohenwald. In addition to the growth of the department, EMS has seen other advancements such as global positioning satellite technology allowing faster unit dispatching and improved tracking, a state-wide EMS radio network, and field transmission of EKGs to the hospital before patient arrival.
Dispatch Supervisor Butch Ellis was also recognized at the event, having been with the county ambulance service since its inception.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have Butch on our team. His vast knowledge coupled with his dedication to the community and his co-workers have made him a valuable asset to our department throughout the years,” said Fuston.
When asked about his 40 years of service, Ellis, who chose to retire on the anniversary, stated, "I've really enjoyed the job all these years. It's been interesting, always something new and different. I've been able to see many changes over the years. At first, there wasn't much you could do for the patient, just load and go, try to get them to the hospital as quickly as possible. I've enjoyed being able to see all the changes and improvements in patient care that have been made in 40 years that are saving lives today."