Armstrong Ambulance - Our History

Our History

The Story of Armstrong Ambulance

Armstrong Ambulance was founded in 1946, shortly after Bill Armstrong returned from his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. While living at home, he watched his mother, a registered nurse, care for friends and family when they were injured or sick, and was inspired to follow her example.

One day, Bill agreed to drive a neighbor to Massachusetts General Hospital for a routine treatment. While he was there he watched the ambulances arrive with the sick and injured, and it made an indelible impression on him. He realized that he wanted to dedicate his career to caring for people in need. It wasn’t long before Bill and a partner bought their first Cadillac ambulance and went into business.

Armstrong Ambulance initially operated out of the Armstrong family home. As the company grew, Bill earned a reputation for care and compassion, and quickly became an industry leader. He was instrumental in forming the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, developed to ensure the highest standards of care by ambulance services statewide.

In the early 1980s, under Bill’s leadership, Armstrong became a pioneer in the field of advanced life support. Today, Armstrong serves more than 70,000 patients annually while remaining true to Bill Armstrong’s original commitment—to provide the highest quality care and service to people in need.