Last Friday, the City of Edina announced on its Facebook page the addition of a new ambulance. The shiny red ambulance made me think of Edina's first rescue vehicle, known as the "bread wagon" because it looked more like a bread delivery truck than something that could save lives.
Here is info from our exhibit a few years ago on Edina's Fire and Police Department history.
While the first ambulance may have been less than impressive, Edina quickly became a leader in providing emergency medical care to its citizens. By 1975, Chief Bob Buresh wanted his firefighters cross-trained as paramedics when statewide, most people worked as one or the other but not both. “Edina always seemed to be a progressive fire department,” said Bill Feck, who served under Buresh. “The leadership always appeared to be looking beyond."
Volunteer Bob Reid recorded much of the Fire Department history with his oral history of former Fire Chiefs Ted Paulfranz and Bill Feck. Our collection also includes donations from Feck and records kept by the department's unofficial historian Steve Nelson.
The average response time today is under two minutes, according to the department's web site.
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