The year Was 1970...


Middlebury was without an emergency medical response service, and a group of passionate community members - lead by the legendary George "Wedge" Murdoch - took notice. With training and support from local physicians, as well as the Red Cross, the group was almost ready to serve. After a hearse was donated and renovated into an ambulance, and the old county
jail became "home" base, the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) was established.

Middlebury Regional Emergency & Medical Services, Inc. (MREMS) shares the same pride and devotion as the MVAA of old, establishing us as one of the most progressive emergency medical services in the region. As a Paramedic-level agency, comprised of both professional and volunteer staff members, MREMS provides expert medical, rescue, and patient transfer services throughout Addison County and beyond, 24 hours each day.

"Quality Care When You Need It" is the mantra of MREMS. Our organization is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible, and offers health- and safety-related educational opportunities, as well as outreach resources, to the communities we serve.

MREMS is headquartered out of a state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Services station, dedicated in 2010 after decades of organizational savings and donations from generous community members, civic organizations, businesses, and Middlebury College. The MREMS building provides an administrative and operations workspace, a modern training facility, and comprehensive staff living quarters.

We are a private, non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization governed by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors and lead by a professional administrator. MREMS is obligated to being a good neighbor and service partner, and committed to maintaining a high standard of social and fiscal responsibilities.


Responding to around 2,200 calls a year, MREMS provides 24-hour response to the towns of Middlebury, East Middlebury, Salisbury, New Haven, Ripton, Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting, Bridport, Cornwall, and Weybridge. From 09:30 to 17:30, a Paramedic-level crew and ALS crew are in the station, ready to respond, seven days a week. From 07:00 to 07:00, every day, there is a Paramedic-level crew. Additionally, on-call and volunteer personal are available, 24 hours a day, to supplement any calls.

Levels of care range from a CPR-trained crew to First Responders, depending on the severity of the call. MREMS crews work hand-in-hand with area first responders - whether fire department members or Porter Hospital personnel - to form a system that provides hope and care to our community members in need.

The service doesn't just stop in our community, though.

MREMS is a contract member of the national response system, ready to deploy a crew anywhere in the country when called. Past calls have brought us to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, to name a few locations.

Currently, Middlebury Ambulance maintains a staff membership of 40 employees and volunteers. New staff members are always welcome to apply.

MREMS is poised to face the future challenges of health care reformation, as well as serve all of our friends and neighbors for decades to come.

In Your Service,

Teena Betourney

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