In the 1960’s Beatty’s Funeral Chapel operated the
ambulance service. At this time patients were treated in a Buick station
wagon which also served as a funeral car. The patients received little
or no care, merely being transported without medical care.
Late 1960’s – Ambulance operation was transferred from
the Beatty’s Funeral Chapel to the Sheriff’s Department.
Early 1970’s – A single bay building was built behind
the County Courthouse to accomodate one response vehicle. A second
ambulance remained outside, exposed to the elements, being used when
demand dictated. In the winter months a portable heater was placed
inside the vehicle to keep it warm. Jail staff were responsible for
starting the vehicle and removing the heater in preparation for an
1985 – Ambulance Director Jerry Brock solicited
donations from members of the community to build 3 additional ambulances
bays onto the existing ambulance building, providing shelter for 3
ambulances and a rescue truck.
1993 – The Ambulance Service separated from the
Sheriff’s Department, becoming an independent agency under the direction
of the Gem County Commissioners.
2003 – The construction of the new jail facilitated the
need to relocate the ambulance operation. A vacant Circle K building was
purchased near the courthouse to serve as its new location.
2004 – A large addition and complete renovation of the
building was completed providing a 5-bay garage, training room, and
living quarters for on duty ambulance crews.