To call an ambulance for an emergency call 9-1-1.
Ridgeview has provided ambulance services since 1977, when then Waconia Ridgeview Hospital, began providing emergency services with one, red Cadillac ambulance, two paramedics and eight Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Ridgeview Ambulance responded to approximately 30 calls per month in its first year.
Ridgeview Ambulance has grown to include a staff of more than 140, including paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers. Ridgeview Ambulance is part of the West Metro Emergency Medical Services System and its suburban/rural area covers approximately 950 square miles across four Emergency Medical Services regions and includes all of Carver County, portions of Hennepin, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott, Sibley and Wright counties. Ridgeview’s calls are 9-1-1 responses and transfers with call volume exceeding 15,000 calls annually. Ridgeview maintains a fleet of 18 ambulances, two chase cars and two ATVs for special events. Ridgeview also provides management services to Gaylord. Ridgeview’s state-of-the-art dispatch center is a back-up to Carver County’s emergency call center.
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Milestones during Ridgeview Ambulance's history
1977: Waconia Ridgeview Hospital began operating ambulance services with one red Cadillac ambulance and averaged 30 calls per month with a staff of two paramedics and eight EMTs.
1979: With the closing of Watertown Hospital,Ridgeview added a second ambulance in Watertown and reached 978 annual calls.
1980: Ridgeview opened its own ambulance dispatch center and responded to 1,337 calls.
1981: Ridgeview added ambulance service in Chanhassen.
1992: Ridgeview purchased Winsted Ambulance Service from Allina.
1993: Ridgeview Ambulance’s call volume increased to 300 calls per month.
1995: The city of Norwood transferred its ambulance license to Ridgeview and Ridgeview began stationing ambulances in Chanhassen, Mound/Minnetrista, Norwood-Young America, Watertown and Winsted.
2002: Ridgeview celebrated 25 years of providing ambulance service. It grew to a staff of 40 paramedics, 19 EMTs and 11 dispatchers.
2007: Ridgeview chosen as ambulance contractor to the city of Chaska.
2007: Ridgeview Dispatch became the backup for Carver County's 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).
2008: Ridgeview chosen as ambulance contractor to the city of of Belle Plaine and began providing ambulance management to Arlington Ambulance.
2015: Ridgeview began providing ambulance management for the city of Gaylord.
2017: Ridgeview Ambulance celebrated 40 years of service with a staff of 71 paramedics, 56 EMTs and 13 dispatchers with 17 ambulances in the fleet serving an annual volume of more than 14,000 calls.
2017: Ridgeview becomes the ambulance contractor for Le Sueur Ambulance.
2018: Ambulance fleet is updated with nine new replacement safety seating ambulances