Oxford Ambulance Association (OAA) was established on November 9, 1954. A devoted few put everything in their lives on hold to begin the task of meeting the town's growing need for medical care. Local businessmen, firemen, housewives, teachers, citizens, and the community as a whole pulled together to provide the Town of Oxford with community-based Emergency Medical Services.
OAA began its service with a used hearse-style ambulance that was donated by our neighboring town of Beacon Falls. The ambulance was housed in the old Center Fire House located on route 67. Oxford Ambulance evolved as times began to change and the need for more advanced emergency medical services grew. In the early 1970's, OAA added a second vehicle to its service anticipating the town's growing needs. Over the next twenty years, OAA participated in the greatly advancing field of emergency medicine, adding new equipment and leading edge pre-hospital care to the citizens of Oxford.
In the early 1990's, OAA began its separation from the Oxford Fire Department. OAA and Oxford Fire Department, recognizing the need for the organizations to be two distinct entities, finalized the separation on July 6, 1994 with a town ordinance revision.
With equipment and training costs on the rise in the 1990's, OAA was forced to look to the town that it has served so well for increased support. The town agreed to assist the ambulance corps with additional funding for equipment, and also assisted in the purchase of a new ambulance. In January of 1999, OAA began to research the possibility of billing for service, anticipating the need for paid staffing in the immediate future. After over a year of research, OAA and the town agreed that there was a need for additional funding. In an attempt to avoid costs being borne by our townspeople, OAA began billing for service in the late spring of 2000.
Historically throughout the existence of OAA, daytime coverage and administrative tasks have always been an issue. Our dedicated members fulfilled these obligations, many times putting their families, jobs, and lives on hold to help a fellow neighbor. OAA members serve the community on a daily basis and go above and beyond the basic requirements of an ambulance organization. They provide, among other things, public safety programs, CPR training, first-aid training, and senior citizen programs. As the town continues to grow and change, so does OAA.
Which brings us to today. In an attempt to better serve our neighbors and community as a whole, OAA is again coming to the town that it has served without interruption or question for the past 46 years. OAA is a community organization which has historically been proven dedicated to the town of Oxford, and wishes to continue to serve its fellow neighbors.