History of Bartlesville Ambulance Service
In the 1970’s Ambulance Service in the United States was, usually, provided by the local funeral home. Bartlesville Ambulance was started May 1, 1976 at a time when Funeral Homes were starting to get out of the ambulance business. Dan Dalton purchased the existing ambulance service from the Stumpff Funeral Home. Keith Stumpff helped Dan in the financing and provided personnel to make the transition. The equipment at that time was a hearse that converted to an ambulance in about 10 minutes. A high top Cadillac hearse type ambulance and a station wagon type ambulance.
In the 70’s there was no regulation or training requirements. CPR and Red cross first aid was about the only training available. Dan Dalton took the first Emergency Medical Technician class in Bartlesville in 1975. The Ambulance services struggled through the years as state and federal regulations started coming out.
In 1985 Dan Passed the National Registry Exam for EMT-Paramedic. The transition for Bartlesville Ambulance from Basic Life Support to Advance Life Support (Paramedics) was a tough one as Paramedics were in short supply and Doctors were reluctant to the new concept of Para medicine. Full time Para Medicine was established in 1990.
Today Bartlesville Ambulance is at the highest level of care available for ambulance service providing 24 hour Paramedic Advance Life Support, State of the Art equipment and Ambulances. Bartlesville Ambulance is governed by City, State and Federal regulations. Bartlesville Ambulance’s Medical director, Dr. Ruth Thompson, provides quality control for Advanced Medical Procedures and Protocol.