North Country EMS

North Country Emergency Medical Service originated in 1976 as a public ambulance service operating from the Yacolt Fire Department.

North Country Emergency Medical Service originated in 1976 as a public ambulance service operating from the Yacolt Fire Department.North Country Ambulance as it was originally designated has been housed in the Yacolt Fire Department building since the beginning.

1972-01-15 09:19:56

Fund Raiser for first Ambulance

In early 1976 the Yacolt Volunteer Firemen's Association decided to acquire an ambulance to serve North Clark County and parts of Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. They began to raise money toward the purchase and by August the fund was up to $13,500.

1976-10-15 12:00:00

First North Country Ambulance

The first “North Country Ambulance” went into service at 12 noon on October 16, 1976. A fee of $50.00 was set by the Town Council for an ambulance transport. In the first year of operation North Country Ambulance responded to 116 emergency calls on a budget of $8,000. The income was generated from ambulance fees and contributions. The staff at this time was all volunteer.

1977-01-06 09:19:56

Second Ambulance in service

As North Country Ambulance continued to grow, a second ambulance was added to respond to the increased call volume.

1977-01-06 09:19:56

NCEMS 1976-77 Call Volume 116

1978-10-15 09:19:56

First Ambulance Levy

In October 1978 the first “ambulance levy” was passed by all of the districts (Clark County Districts 10 & 13 and Cowlitz District 7, and the Town of Yacolt). Thanks to community support the levy for ambulance service has had a very high voter approval rate each time it has been on the ballot.

1980-05-18 08:42:00

Mt St Helens Eruption

1982-04-15 12:00:00

Mt St Helens Service

Beginning in 1982 NCEMS entered into an agreement to provide ambulance and rescue service to the Mt. St. Helens area. This agreement is self supporting; no tax dollars from Clark or Cowlitz County go into that project. Many lives have been saved in this area because of this extension of NCEMS service. This photo was taken on a clear day and shows Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption.

1983-12-31 12:00:00

NCEMS Call Volume 298 Calls

1984-12-31 12:00:00

NCEMS Call Volume 1984

Call volume 343

1985-12-31 12:00:00

NCEMS Call Volume 1985

Call volume 373

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