The History of the Ambulance Service


This education resource chronicles the history of UK ambulance services since 1900 and explores twelve landmark dates and themes. Using a wide range of historical artifacts, and some surprising sources, the themes explored are:

- What the ambulance service was like before motor vehicles came into being.
- Designing the ideal ambulance, including some that really didn't work out!
- How the role of women has changed in the ambulance service.
- How a fire in London was behind the creation of the 999 emergency number.
- How ambulance services changed when the National Health Service was created.
- The introduction of paramedics and taking life-saving skills out on to the streets.
- How the ambulance service in Scotland differed from other parts of the United Kingdom.

This resource will appeal to teachers, people working for the ambulance service and anyone involved in educational visits. You will learn more about the development of our ambulance services and discover something you didn't know.

150 page book printed in full colour throughout.