In 1970, concerned community members decided it was time for the Mad River Valley to have its own ambulance service. Nine hard working, determined men signed the Articles of Association, and for many years MRVAS was housed at the Waitsfield Fire Station.
In the year 2000, it became clear that MRVAS needed a new, permanent home of its own. After 75 years as a garage and service station, the Bonnette Building, part of the Waitsfield Historical District, became MRVAS’ home. The Mad River Valley Community rose to the occasion and successfully raised $450,000 to purchase and renovate the building. Renovations included a 4-bay garage with radiant heat, hazmat shower, equipment lockers, training space, administrative office, board meeting room and kitchen.
Since then, the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service has been providing 24-hour Emergency Medical Service to residents and visitors of the Mad River Valley and the Sugarbush & Mad River Glen ski areas. Since its inception, MRVAS has undergone considerable growth to keep pace with the growing needs of the community as well as advances in emergency medical care.