James H. (Jim) Agnew, owner and founder of Triton Ambulance Builders EMS legacy began in the summer of 1955 in San Diego County , CA when he established and began operating his first ambulance service……….”Agnew’s Ambulance Service”… serving the cities of , Escondido, Oceanside, and Carlsbad.
Jim completed the first “Ambulance Attendant Course ever offered in the United States given by San Diego County Medical Society on September 17, 1958.
In the fall of 1960 “home beckoned” so he sold his service in California and moved back to Alabama where he opened “Agnew’s Ambulance Service”. Madison County’s first ambulance service. He was the sole owner/operator until 1974. At that time he decided to sell the service (which later evolved into Huntsville Emergency Medical Services H.E.M.S.I), to pursue the manufacturing of Type II ambulances.
In 1975 Agnew Conversion, Inc. was established and the first “Century Suburban” ambulance was built utilizing a GMC suburban.
In 1988 Jim left the manufacturing sector and took a position with HEMSI ambulance service as fleet manager. Here Jim implemented and managed a “remount” program for their modular ambulances saving the service thousands of dollars.
On May 4, 1989 Alabama Senator Tom Butler presented Jim with Resolution HJR294 commending him for his 45 years of Emergency Medical Service and designating him as “Mr. Ambulance” for the State of Alabama. After receiving numerous awards for his Leadership, Vision, and Dedication to EMS, Jim officially retired from HEMSI in 1998.
After retiring Jim became more involved in his local VFW Post. He was quickly elected “Commander ” where he continued his service and compassion for his fellow man.
After several years of “retirement “, with encouragement from colleagues, previous customers/employees, and relatives, Jim opened Triton Ambulance Builders in his home town of Huntsville, AL. Triton’s mission is to “provide our customers with the highest quality, most dependable, competitively priced Type II and remounted ambulances that ultimately meets their needs and exceeds their expectations”. Jim has been recently joined by his son Jimmy. Jimmy brings his own extensive knowledge of EMS to Triton. He has worked as a field EMT and as a designer of quality Type II ambulances for over 15 years.
A lot has changed since Jim built his first Type II in 1974 but one thing hasn’t the need and demand for an affordable, dependable, safe ambulance for EVERY EMS provider.