Hunter's Ambulance

Our Story, Since 1963

Pictured here are Hunter's Ambulance Service, Inc. founders, Vern A. Hunter, President and CEO, and his wife Barbara M. Hunter, Vice President. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were truly pioneers in the ambulance industry and contributed greatly to the established pre-hospital health care standards we know today.

Since 1963, Hunter's Ambulance Service has provided Central and Eastern Connecticut with unparalleled patient care and transportation services. With a staff of over 450 highly trained professionals, Hunter's stands ready to meet the varied transportation and pre-hospital patient care needs of individuals and communities. While its fleet and variety of services have grown, Hunter's commitment to quality and concern have never wavered.

Hunter's Chronicle

1963

  • Vern and Barbara Hunter founded Hunter’s Ambulance Service (Established with one 1953 Cadillac Ambulance).

1964

  • Completion of first Ambulance American Red Cross Course.

1965

  • Completion of National Ambulance Training Institute Course in Westfield, MA.

1969

  • Completion of first National Ambulance Training Course.

1971

  • Vern Hunter Graduated from first EMT Course in Connecticut.
  • Appointed to the 25 member CT Ambulance Advisory Board by both Governor Meskill and Governor Grasso.

1974

  • Purchased First Invalid Wheelchair Vehicle.

1975

  • Completion of first Advanced Driver Training Program held in Connecticut.

1976

  • Purchased Kamens Ambulance Service of Meriden.

1980

  • Became one of the first EMT-IV Technicians in Connecticut.

1983

  • Hunter’s Ambulance Service advanced to the Paramedic certified level.
  • Vern Hunter, first recipient of the Dr. A.E. Hertzler Knox Award for Excellent Contributions to EMS in Connecticut, purchased Mayfair Ambulance Service Company in the Wallingford area.

1986

  • Became the Emergency Medical Provider for the town of Berlin.

1989

  • Purchased Professional Ambulance Service in Middlesex County.

1990

  • Purchased Professional Limousine Service to establish Hunter’s Limousine LTD.

1994

  • Acquisition of Medi Transit Wheelchair Service in New London County.

1995

  • Established Hunter’s Special School Bus Transportation Division.
  • Purchased Gary’s Livery Service in New London.

1996

  • Mayor Joseph Marinan declared December 9, 1996 as Vern Hunter day in the City of Meriden.

1997

  • American Ambulance Service Amby Award, the Nations highest community service award, was awarded to WEB-SAFE KIDS Interactive Internet Safety Program.
  • Acquisition of Southern New England Limousine Service.

1998

  • Primary daytime ambulance service partnership with Cromwell Connecticut Fire District.

1999

  • Acquisition of Theo ‘s Transportation in Hamden
  • Opened an 11,000 sq. ft. Training & Vehicle Maintenance Center.
  • Acquisition of Compass Limousine Service in Wallingford.

2001

  • Purchased new base location in Berlin.

2002

  • Acquisition of Tours Limousine Service in Cheshire.

2003

  • Celebrating 40 Years of Service.

2008

  • Celebrating 45 Years of Service.

2010

  • Adopted the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) becoming the first EMPLOYEE OWNED ambulance company in the State of Connecticut, and second in the United States.
  • Awarded Accreditation as an Emergency Dispatch Center of Excellence by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. Only the 147th center in the world to be awarded this highest distinction.

2013

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Service.

2014

  • Awarded Re-Accreditation as an Emergency Dispatch Center of Excellence by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

2015

  • Hunter’s Ambulance and Protein Sciences announced the launch of their new wellness initiative, “Healthy Choices” Mobile Flu Vaccine Clinic, as of January 2015 that provides affordable, easy access to Flublok influenza vaccine to people in Connecticut.