history of Jeannette E.M.S., Inc. started
back in 1960 when officials of the City of Jeannette informed the Jeannette
Auxiliary Police that the private ambulance provider was going out of business
auxiliary police were asked if they would take over the responsibility of
providing ambulance service for the City.
members took a vote and decided to take on the responsibility. The members
own money to make the last payment on the ambulance and sent one of their
members to Harrisburg, PA to have the title transferred and return with a new
license registration plate and owner card. With the emergency proclamation of
Mayor A. B. Elias, the auxiliary police were the ambulance providers for the
City of Jeannette by midnight. An ambulance committee was formed to oversee
the emergency medical portion of the organization. Dominic W. Ponzetti was the
first Chairman and Donald F. Hartman served as Chairman for the longest period
of 15 years.
ambulance was kept in a garage at a memberís house. The only exception would
be when an auxiliary police officer had ambulance duty at night he was
permitted to take the ambulance home and park it in front of his house.
auxiliary police rented the old Doncaster Building in the 400 block of McGee
Avenue in 1962. The Jeannette Auxiliary Police Ambulance Service ran from this
location until the fall of 1964. The needs of the community increased and a
building was purchased at 208 North Fifth Street to house more ambulances.
approximately 1974, a decision was made by the auxiliary police to allow
individuals to join
the ambulance section without having to be auxiliary police officers. These
new members joined under the Ambulance Committee of organization. With the
influx of new members to the ambulance committee, it was decided that the
emergency medical portion of the auxiliary police would be referred to as
Jeannette Ambulance Service of the Auxiliary Police. The Auxiliary Police
portion of the name was eventually dropped but the auxiliary police maintained
ownership of all the emergency medical assets.
changes in state law regarding ambulance providers, the increasing amount of
training required to be an ambulance attendant and the limitations of funding
because of how the organizations were structured; demanded if an ambulance
service was to survive changes needed to be made. The members of the auxiliary
police voted to completely separate the emergency medical services portion.
1987 the Jeannette E.M.S., Inc. was incorporated. The Board of Directors was
made up of the executive officers of the auxiliary police and the chairman of
the former ambulance committee. The organizations still ran out of the North
Fifth Street building.
1994 building on property donated by Mac and Mary Feree the Jeannette E. M.S.,
Inc. built their present building at 225 South Sixth Street, Jeannette, PA.