To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the South Lorain County Ambulance District will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 179 East Herrick Ave., Wellington.
The event will offer refreshments, free blood pressure checks, and station tours to attendees.
SLCAD’s first day of service was Jan. 1, 1977, with emergency medical services in Wellington handled until then by the Norton and Cowling-Truman funeral homes.
The funeral homes donated SCLAD’s initial round of essential tools such as oxygen tanks, stretchers, and vehicles. In 1978, the district’s current home was built thanks to the passage of tax levies.
SLCAD earned state approval as an EMS continuing education teaching site in 2008, allowing employees to keep up with their own certifications at no cost to them and a lower cost to the district.
Currently, 11 paramedics and 12 EMTs are employed by SLCAD, of which seven are full-time.
Skip Gentry, a former Cleveland Metro LifeFlight nurse specialist and base coordinator, became the district’s latest executive director in August.
SLCAD has gone from answering 485 calls in its first year to 1,310 in 2016. More than 125 square miles and 15,000 residents fall under the district’s jurisdiction, including the villages of Wellington and Rochester and the townships of Wellington, Rochester, Brighton, Huntington, and Penfield.