introduction of an ambulance service for the hospital came about after
many meetings between the Regents of Long Island College Hospital
and the medical staff. The cases of people that succumbed to traumatic
injuries before medical attention was delivered increased annually.
The concept of sending a team of physicians out to the accident scenes
to provide immediate medical care was not looked upon favorably at
first. The technological advances of pain management, extremity fixation
splints, and tourniquets helped stabilize patients long enough to
get them to definitive care. After a long and arduous vote, the regents
of Long Island College Hospital approved the creation of an ambulance
In 1873, the Long Island College Hospital Ambulance Department
was started on August 20 and was stationed in the stable on the
north side of Pacific Street.
In 1874, the administration approved the addition of a second ambulance
and was stationed at Eastern District Hospital (Brooklyn Hospital).
In 1983, the department introduced a new concept to provide better
ambulance service at Long Island College Hospital, introduction
of Paramedics. One of the ambulances now provided advanced life
support while the other provided basic life support.
In 1988, the administration decided to cut one of the ambulances
due to severe financial problems. The basic life support unit (36F)
was cut from service while the advanced life support unit (36X)
In 1996, FDNY took over the role of lead agency for all 911 ambulance
services in NYC. Units were rearranged and placed into a battalion
based system to mimic the Fire Department.
In 1998, the administration looked to cut the ambulance service
and reduce the unit altogether. The ambulance department was reviewed
and was given 90 days to execute a strategy to maintain the service.
In 1999, the administration approved the addition of a second advanced
life support unit (32X) to the current deployment.
2003, the administration approved the addition of a single basic
life support unit (32F) to the current deployment.
In 2004, the administration approved the addition of a second basic
life support unit (32D) to the current deployment.
In 2005, the administration of the hospital approved the addition
of a third Advanced Life Support unit (32T) to provide private ambulance
2006, the administration of the hospital approved a third Basic Life Support unit (32B) to provide private ambulance services.
2007, the administration of the hospital approved a fourth Basic Life Support unit (32K) to provide private ambulance services.