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Nashville EMS Celebrates 45th Anniversary
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Nashville Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services division is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

Back in 1974, the department began with just 10 ambulances.

“That first day I came in at 6:00 a.m., to start my shift and my partner was a no show,” Chief Jones remembers. “Before we had our EMS division, funeral homes around Nashville acted as the ambulance service.”

Now, NFD EMS has 28 ambulances and 350 full-time employees to staff them.

A news release said medic crews responded to more than 100,000 calls in 2018 and had 72,000 transportations.

The Korean Veterans Bridge is lighting up Thursday night in orange and blue to honor the anniversary.

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