Twenty five years ago
next month, O. David Dickson purchased an ambulance company from
the estate of his previous employer. Today that company is going
Dickson is originally from Puyallup, Washington, and was raised in the Northwest. According to Medix information, he was the first certified paramedic to practice in Oregon. David met and married his wife, Jill, who worked as a paramedic/RN for Medix in the early years of the company. The company began with 7 employees in 1975 and now has a total of 37 both full and part-time employees. Eleven of those have been with the company for over ten years.
1975 the bookkeeper was also the dispatcher, and now there are
four full-time dispatchers running a comm-center twenty four hours
a day, seven days a week. The company started with a fleet of
2 low-topped Chevrolet van ambulances and a Cadillac ambulance.
Today they have five ambulances and more to come aboard this summer.
They have an aggressive replacement policy on ambulances and rotate
in completely new equipment over a five year period. They maintain
three locations in Clatsop County: Astoria, Seaside and the headquarters/business
offices located in Warrenton.
In 1975 Medix responded to less than 1,000 calls. Now, it annually responds to approximately 3,500 requests for service and provides medical transport, emergent and non-emergent ambulance transport, disabled transport and wheelchair transportation for emergent and non-emergent needs, such as medical appointments, conferences and weddings. LCB
Medix Ambulance Service, Inc.
Owner: O. David Dickson
Address: 2325 SE Dolphin Avenue, Warrenton, P. O. Box 424 Astoria, Oregon 97103
Dispatch Hours: 24 hrs. 7 Days
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