IN THE BEGININNG,
In 1973 Commissioners Court responded to a growing population and an obvious need to provide pre-hospital emergency care. A motion and vote resulted in the formation of Austin County EMS. Bellville and Sealy welcomed the first ambulances and were given the titles of Adam 1 and Adam 2.
In 1974 two additional units were approved. Adam 4 was placed in service in Wallis, while Medic 5 began providing coverage in the Westend of Austin County.
All units were staffed by volunteers and were dispatched by telephone through the Sheriff’s Department. Pagers and radios soon replaced phones. Staff members worked a 12-hour shift and provided 24-hour coverage seven days a week. All volunteers were required to become certified in emergency care with the State of Texas.