"They got out of the EMS truck"

The first records of ambulances date back to the fifteenth century, but it was not until the 1970s that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicles were specially designed to treat

Lineup of ambulances outside Comerica Park, Detroit, April 2007
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLineup of ambulances outside Comerica Park, Detroit, April 2007 - Credit: C.J. Peters

patients as well as transport them to hospital. Ambulance services in the United States had been seldom regulated. In many places the local undertaker, the only person with a large enough vehicle, would act as the ambulance service and also deliver furniture.